Monthly Archives: June 2015

365, Day 42: Summer Skies

This piece began as many of these little pieces are beginning, with a playful gradient wash, a loose, “no-sketch” landscape, and a bemused little conversation with the painting about what we should do. “What do you wish to become? What … Continue reading

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365, Day 41: Silhouette

I have never been to England and yet images of its great cathedrals dance in my mind. I love the way these massive structures dominate their landscapes and I love the way the evolving structures, from Anglo-Saxon through High Gothic, … Continue reading

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365, Day 40: Cycles

I love the moon. We are not quite to a full moon yet but I thought of it last night as I watched the waxing gibbous moon set behind the trees in the garden after the opera. Watching the moon, … Continue reading

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365, Day 39: Fireflies

One of my favorite things about summertime is visual- I love seeing the fireflies at night. The transform even the most mundane landscape into something magical. I feel sorry for those living where these little creatures are absent. (© Karen … Continue reading

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365, Day 38: Stormclouds and Sunlight

The beginnings of relief today for which I was grateful. But relief was almost overwhelmed by sheer terror that the twinges I still felt in my back would give way to another episode of the extraordinary pain that I’d dealt … Continue reading

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365, Day 37: Painscapes

It’s interesting how chronic pain colors my life. Like smoke rising from a landscape and coloring the sky, rising up, reaching out, surrounding me. Pain infuses life with itself. In this painting, it’s actually beautiful. In “real life”, not so … Continue reading

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365, Day 36: Painscapes Continued

This day, even holding the paintbrush and looking at the colors on my palette was virtually impossible. (© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

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365, Day 35: Painscapes

My mother was a woman who, by the time she died, defined herself by her ailments. I never knew exactly what her full story was or why she retreated over the years into this state but I never wanted to … Continue reading

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365, Day 34: Summertime

I have grown up in the Middle West of the U.S. For me, summertime means Bing cherries are available in the grocery stores for something that resembles an affordable price. The conversation around sustainable food production has come up several … Continue reading

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365, Day 33: Home

Bird’s nests fascinate me. I love finding them, in little bushes alongside the parking lots of businesses, in trees near busy intersections, on the back sides of traffic signs visible only from the glassed-in walkway between the parking garage and … Continue reading

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