Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"The Haircut" Oil Painting by Artist, NORA KASTEN


"The Haircut"

Self Portrait, oil painting on linen  (16"x20")  May 13, 2010

"This was painted three months to the day that my beloved Karl died.  It was a bitter-sweet time, knowing our time together was short.

Last night, I attended my second grief support group meeting and unlike last week it was not uplifting.  Karl's death has left me with a raw, open. gaping wound and I do everything possible to help myself heal and yet there has been no guilt, anger or fear since he died as most of the group last night is dealing with.  Karl and I both knew how precious our relationship was and we were mature enough that our twenty eight years together were never taken for granted or treating each other unkindly.  

I'll be seventy-four years old next month and yet I'm feeling like a young school girl who has lost the first love of her life and thinks she will never recover. . . .  I know that I will recover though because God says it is so."


8 comments:

martinealison said...

Ce portrait est aussi beau ma chère Nora que celui de l'amour que vous avez en vous...
Gros bisous

Susan Roux said...

Nora you captured a far away look in your eyes. Eyes that seem to know something secretive, something deep. I hadn't focused on that before when you posted this.

I'm sorry the support group wasn't uplifting as before. It sounds like conversation fell into a dark place. Be happy your relationship with Karl didn't include any of this. It's part of why you had such an amazing love with him. I enjoy hearing how connected you were. It's an unusual love that few ever get to experience. Perhaps you'd share some of those stories with us? I'd love to hear them...

Carol Blackburn said...

Mornin' Nora, what a lovely self-portrait and I think Susan is on to something with the look in your eyes. She also said it beautifully, how fortunate you were to have such a wonderful relationship and not be dealing with bitterness and anger now. There is a subtle difference between being left and someone leaving you. In a loving relationship we always want what is best for the other and in your case it was best for Karl to leave but has not left you as he is always in your heart and memories.

billspaintingmn said...

Happy (early) Birthday Nora! Your haircut painting does have a sentimental-ness to it. But then all your paintings come from a good heart!
I wish I could offer some words of comfort on the greiving, I really do.
Family and friends are a comfort, but that emptyness you talk about is difficult.

sherryscarvings said...

Nora, I love how you captured your face and the back of youself in this painting. I hope to someday do one of me, and hopefully it will look only half as good as this painting you have done..you are so inspiring.

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