Saturday, August 13, 2011

Oil Painting "Glass Of Red Roses" by Artist, NORA KASTEN


"Glass Of Red Roses"
©  Nora Kasten 2011

Oil painting on linen on board  (12"x9")    August 13, 2011

"It is one year ago, today, that my Beloved Karl died.  And today is the day I begin painting again. . . . .  here is today's effort.  I found that signing the painting was hard for me to do and felt very awkward.

This small painting was painted using a brush and palette knife.  I also used the grays that Barbara Flowers has on her palette, trying to tone down my colors.   The grays are from Gamblin and they are:  Portland Grey Light - Portland Grey Medium - Portland Grey Deep.


Sincere thanks to all of you who have accompanied me through the darkest year of my life and have given me hope so many times when I couldn't find it on my own.  Saying "thank you" is not enough, I realize, but my thanks are genuine and heartfelt for you all."



12 comments:

Susan Roux said...

One year... One year and you survived. I know there were times you wondered how that could even be possible. You're much stronger than you give yourself credit for. So glad you celebrated the milestone with paint. You haven't lost your touch. Your roses are still very emotional and beautiful.

By the way, I loved your wild colors. I hope you still let them explode from time to time.

Hugs my friend. Be well. May paint cross your path more often...

Helen H Trachy said...

I saw your flowers yesterday. You had just put them on your blog.

I had to come back today to watch them some more.They are splendid!

All those tones of red and pink are so well balanced and I love the little touches of mauve so soothing. And the light overall...!

I hope you have a good week!

Kathy Cousart said...

Nora, I just love everything that Susan said to you. I am proud of you and also think you are stronger than you think you are. My heart goes out to you and please take care of yourself with all the transitions you are now going through. I looked over the virtual tour of your home- it is beautiful and the artwork is stunning. Be a good friend to yourself in these times and you did make it through the toughest part. Hugs to you!

Carol Blackburn said...

Most beautiful, Nora....and one you can be so proud of. I am so glad you have taken that step back into painting.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Beautiful painting and tribute to your beloved.

NORA KASTEN said...

Susan, Helen, Kathy, Carol B. and Carol,

Your comments have given me the boost I so sorely need.

I keep hearing from other widows that a year gone by won't stop the grief but I am determined to make this my turning point.

Many thanks to each one of you and may your kindness toward me be returned to you 100 fold.

hmuxo said...

I'm new to your blog and so happy that I found you. Your work is absolutely amazing. . You are an inspiration, to us all.

billspaintingmn said...

Hi Nora. Your painting is filled with wonderful energy. You are an inspiration.

I hope to be painting soon.

Toni Mudd said...

Oh Nora, this is first time I have been on your site & am simply mesmerized by your "Glass of Red Roses." And to find out it was your first painting on Karl's year anniversary... Rose is my middle name & it is the flower of choice/color that Jim showered on me almost every Sat. morning since we arrived in Naples except for the last year. Your work is gorgeous & your home in FC was lovely. God bless you in your new home! Love, Toni

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