Category Archives: Imagination

365, Day 176: The Way Things Are

The way things are NOT: Trees are NOT black. And black trees do NOT grow on blue hills.

I love proving myself wrong. Continue reading

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365, Day 129: Doubt

Doubt is part of the creative process. (© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

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365, Day 125: Near, Distant Shores

Near, distant shores…because, you know, there’s nothing so far away and foreign as what’s right in front of you. (© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

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365, Day 123: Revisitation

Why do we “revisit” memories or places, real or imagined? What is memory? Or imagination, for that matter? This scene is strangely reminiscent of scenes I have painted in the past and yet it is its own. As I revisit … Continue reading

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365, Day 116: Departures

I sat with a friend the other night and went through all of the original paintings from my 365 practice. A number of things stand out for me but one in particular is the fact that the 1″ circle no … Continue reading

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365, Day 115: Theme & Variation, Again

Different season, same scene? Same difficulty. “Lone Tree” was the phrase that kept repeating in my head these last couple of days as I painted. I have no idea why and no idea why, with a “mantra” that strong and … Continue reading

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365, Day 114: Unruly Flock

Sometimes, I can’t seem to get a word in edgewise. The birds just get…unruly. So does the scene that seems to want to emerge. I get am image in my mind’s eye and just can’t seem to get out of … Continue reading

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365, Day 113: Stolen Moments

Most days I feel torn between trying to somehow accomplish all the things I think I “should” be doing and all the things I “want” to do for me. To be fair, some of what falls onto the “should” be … Continue reading

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365, Day 108: Imagination and Unruly Flocks

This is another one of those places that feels like it wants to be real. Or maybe I just want it to be real and want to really be there…It feels like Ireland…or England. Except for those darn birds. The … Continue reading

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365, Day 107: Thin Places

I began this painting with John O’Donohue and “thin places” in my heart. I cannot, this evening as I post, find a clear reference to “thin places” in his words. Perhaps later. The basic concept is fairly simple, I reckon. … Continue reading

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