I said farewell to one of my most favorite collages, “Realm of Water”. It was wrapped up and sent off in secret with the recipient as a surprise at the Open Studio a couple of weekends ago. 

"Realm of Water",  Collaged drawing with watercolor, mica, petals, scripts, 22 x 15" by Kathleen O'Brien

“Realm of Water”, Collaged drawing with watercolor, mica, petals, scripts, 22 x 15″ by Kathleen O’Brien

The collector had been making payments, and could not attend the event, but his partner, who would be the recipient, could. So we had to conspire, so fun. It is not so hard to part with favorites when I know they will be treasured and inspire them on a daily basis. I am so grateful to be a part of this circle of generosity.

This collage was originally a part of the “Realms of Wonder” series. One reason I love this one so much is that I revisited my love of painting clouds, this time with watercolor, instead of the many I did in the 80’s in oil paint. There is a simplicity about the process that is very freeing. Drawing the half circles that represent the water was a very Zen meditation. Loosing time in the watery realms, also very freeing.

 

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