© 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."