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Sometimes when a photograph has been accepted for publication, the editor has asked me for the “story behind the picture.”  Similarly, when my  little four-year old friend sees some of my work with colored papers, she often asks, “Why did you do that?”  And since she is looking at me intently waiting for an answer, I take a deep breath and try to share with her the story of why I made a sky green and a blade of grass blue.  Well, on this quiet afternoon, I decided to share with you some of the stories behind my most recent works on paper.  😉  Mostly they were done at night, to help me settle my brain before bed, by doing something different with my hands.

Red Leaves on Snow

The story:  In reading “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats,” I was reminded of that striking scene in the picture book, The Snowy Day, when the little boy stands outside and is looking back at his footprints tracked through the snow.  No footprints did I draw, but a trail of red leaves did come to mind, touched by sunlight.

In the Spirit of Klimt

The story: One day,  while researching how trees have been expressed in art, I chanced upon Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life.  I was aware of Klimt’s striking female forms, but new to me was his tree with branches spiraling against a solid sky.  I wondered what such branches would look like dotted with leaves made of Japanese paper.

In the Garden

The story:  Speaking of Japan … a lovely woman sent me the children’s picture book, Little Pictures of Japan.  For me, the book’s cover is evocative of looking through a rounded Japanese window into a garden.  The image stuck with me so I decided to assemble what I imagined I’d see peering through such a window on a moonlit night.  And finally …

Ethereal

The story: I found a cache of white and gray papers and an old set of watercolors I’d forgotten about.   Nothing fancy, just simple lines and washes of color.  For Somerville Open Studios 2012, I’ve decided to reproduce some of these works as postcards.  We’ll see.  Meanwhile, other paperworks can be found here.

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Well, one day, I was helping a young friend print a musical score.  We were using her laptop and my printer and we kept hitting print and all sorts of buttons but nothing would happen except occasionally a blank sheet of paper would emerge.  We chalked our failure up to bad software-hardware communication.  Days later I realized that one of the printer’s cables had been improperly connected.  I fixed it and began printing documents that I needed for work.  The printer chugged out a page but on the page was not the text I was trying to edit, instead I saw musical notes.  Now you may have picked up from this and other posts that I am not an especially technical person.  I knew I needed to clear the printer queue but I had no idea where to start.  Eventually, I figured it out.  By then, I had many pages of music.  What to do? Hmm…

I still have three sheets left which I think I will save for a future “musical moment.”

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Kaleidoscopic Tree

Well, as gray skies gave way to rain, I figured it was okay to pull out pictures and papers and glue once again to play with colors layered on the page.

Moonstruck

The moon is still significant, as are boats sailing the blue seas.

The Race

These sails were inspired by some Japanese block prints I viewed online.

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There’s no comparison to nature’s beauty but I did have fun making these paper flowers quickly one night using a combination of old photos, magazine scraps, construction paper and a black marker on white paper.  I’ll likely turn them into fun postcards that can be sent to brighten someone’s mail box.  😉

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