October 4


The moments I experienced felt chaotic at the beginning of October. This series began with a free flow of written messages imbued with this energy. Some were written in black ink, the color I associate with the season of autumn, the direction of west. Some were written with white china marker, invisible until painted over. For the next step of painting, I challenged myself to use a new limited palette of 3 primary colors, Quinacridone Red, Cadmium Yellow Lemon and Winsor Blue, the third palette of the year. The process of layering these new colors, experiencing the blending of countless shades, tones and hues became completely soothing, an antidote for the chaotic feeling. The three universal signs of the universe were added to connote perfection of the moments. It was a peaceful activity that captivated me even though preparations for their premier at the upcoming open studio were a bit overwhelming. This is why I paint, to arrive at the center of bliss. As “October” progressed I noticed the changing patterns of bird migrations, depicted in silhouette, flying to the next season.

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"October 4", watercolor, collage by Kathleen O'Brien

“October 4”, watercolor, collage by Kathleen O’Brien


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