© Nora Kasten
Oil painting on oil primed linen on board (12"x24") March 13, 2011
"About six weeks ago I bought a rosebush at Home Depot because it had one red-orange rose blooming that I really liked. I brought it home, planted it in the front yard and it didn't die. It just didn't do anything until last Friday and I noticed these beautiful roses blooming. I was painting a self portrait that day but the next morning, Saturday, I went out early and cut all the roses for this bouquet. Blocking in was all I could accomplish yesterday morning because good friends from Freeport and Rockport, Illinois were coming to visit. This morning, when I walked into the studio, all the roses had opened up completely (spotlights are hard on fresh flowers) so I started painting away. It's signed and under a fan out in the garage now, drying. It's the best I could do and it feels good to be painting again.
Today, my beloved Karl is gone seven months."