Tuesday, December 21, 2010

NORA KASTEN Artist Oil Painting "Morning"


"Morning"
© Nora Kasten
Oil painting on linen  (36"x 48") From the archives, 2001

On Sunday morning, Dec. 12, 2010, I was taking my time getting out of bed,  just laying there and enjoying the beautiful master bedroom suite.  Out of nowhere the idea came to me that the master bath area too would look beautiful in that same deep carmel color.  A long story short - by 10 o'clock that night I had the first coat of paint on those walls and put the second coat on early Monday morning.  I had a gallon left over from painting the bedroom walls 7 years ago.  So, I went back to Home Depot and got another gallon mixed with the same formula.  The paint is Behr Premium Plus and I can highly recommend it.

The reason I'm sharing this with you is because that Sunday morning was the first time since Karl died (four months) that I actually felt happy and enthused about anything.  The ideas just kept coming and I enjoyed painting the walls myself.  It's surprising that interior design was the spark that put light back into my life again and not fine art.  Before Karl was in my life I was working in interior design . . . . though we were called decorators in those days.  Even as a little girl I can remember marking out my rooms with a stick in the dirt and using small crates and boxes for my furniture.

Well, as I said, the ideas just kept coming and now my home gallery wall is BLACK.  Don't gag.  It's beautiful! . . . .  . at least I'm very happy with it.  I was leaning toward a deep cranberry color but glancing at the tall black moire drapes in the dining room that puddle at the floor and the black border around the dining room rug I knew black would be the right choice.  Getting good photos for this project is tough because of the spot lighting on the paintings.  Trust me, it looks great.







On a closing note I would like to share with you that I'm continuing to let the Inner Voice lead me.  An idea about painting keeps coming to mind and even things are falling into place quite naturally for the next chapter of my painting career to take place.  I need to keep a lid on the ideas for now and let them build up steam on their own.  If the work is meant to be, it will take place for sure.  Tonight I am filled with such gratitude, God's Love and thankfulness."

8 comments:

Susan Roux said...

Wow Nora! It looks very rich. It's so nice to read that you felt happy and enthused. It'll continue to happen. Nice post and love the pictures. I just want to wonder down that hallway to your studio...

carol morgan carmichael said...

Gorgeous way to showcase your beautiful work. Black is very dramatic.
So glad to hear of your continued progress to feeling whole again. Exactly what Karl would want .

Carol Blackburn said...

Mornin' Nora, how lovely. I am overjoyed that a spark has been reignited in you. And yes, interior decorating can qualify as fine art, just look at your home. It is a marvelous place. The physical exercise of painting is good for you as well. I love the black gallery wall. And you know what's funny, I was studying to be an interior decorator back in 1970 with the New York School of Interior Design but got sick and dropped out. I then married my first husband and my life fell apart as he was an abuser. After 23 yrs. of him I smartened up and got a divorce. I now have a wonderful husband who helped me fulfill another dream of mine and become a RN and an artist. Life is good now, thank God. God bless you, Nora.

Gilberto said...
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Gilberto said...

Once one fills well, everything it happens after that is as they should.
Life is master again Nora.

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