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The Eclipse is Coming

Two Women and a Moon, oil painting by Kathryn Dettwiller, 2 ladies walking with the moon

Two Women and a Moon
11 x 18″
Oil on canvas 1978
© Kathryn Dettwiller

The Great Eclipse is coming, August 21, 2017

On August 21, 2017, the biggest celestial event of my lifetime is predicted to happen. Of course I am referring to the Total Eclipse. Forecasters believe that its path will make broad arc over the entire United States. My town, Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the few places expected to experience a lengthy view of the eclipse.
Lucky us!
While this painting isn’t an image of an eclipse, it does show a feature that we humans depend upon, moonlight. When the moon is full, it can shed light on the darkness around us. Will the moon be dark when it passes in front of the sun on August 21st?

 

August is a Fiery Month

Exit Answers

Exit Answers
54 x 48″
Oil on canvas
1992

August is a fiery month. The colors red and orange are indications of danger or even of power. Warming and threatening at the same time.

Exit Answers was painted in late summer, 1992, before I headed to Santa Fe Art Institute for a one-month residency with Nathan Oliveira. I was excited and terrified all at once.

What do these colors say to you?

Hotter Than July

Portrait of Zola, Frontal

Portrait of Zola Frontal
28.5 x 21″
Mixed media on paper 1992

 

Summer time is here, and it is HOT.  Many years ago in the heat of July, I painted this work on paper. It was first exhibited in a show entitled Hotter Than July

Zola was our first Standard poodle. Here she is wearing a collar with her name on it. Her leash dangles beside her. Along the lower section of the painting are two reproductions of Olympia, painted in 1863 by my favorite artist, Edouard Manet. I recreated his work with an E-Z cut block.He is a 19th century French painter, sometimes credited with being the founder of Impressionism.

Also, at the bottom of the painting is a copy of a samurai figure. Both the samurai and Olympia are pictured in another one of Manet’s paintings, titled Portrait of Emile Zola. Japanese woodcuts were all the rage at that time.

This was my first “Zola” painting in a series of about 50 works.

 

Barcelona whimsy

Model of Casa Mila Antoni Gaudi Barcelona, Spain

 

 

 

Model of the Casa Mila, a private residence, designed by Antoni Gaudi. Curving facades, ironwork like vines, mosaic surfaces. It’s the opposite of the straight lines of contemporary architecture.

Barcelona, Spain

Casa Mila atrium

Casa Mila atrium Antoni Gaudi Barcelona Spain

Rooftop Chimneys Casa Mila

 

Art and Barcelona

Sagrada Familia interior, 2017

Sagrada Familia interior

Sagrada Familia columns

 

 

 

On a recent trip to Barcelona, I visited Antoni Gaudi‘s La Sagrada Familia. It has been under construction for decades. Part of the interior is finished enough to open for a mass this summer.

Gaudi’s church is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, along with many of his other  projects. 

 

The basilica itself is a breathtaking experience, from the soaring ceilings to the stained glass windows. The reflections from the windows cast a colorful glow on the ceiling. The colors change with the time of day.

Sagrada Familia Window

Sagrada Familia ceiling reflections

La Sagrada Familia is scheduled to be complete in  2026 to coincide with the anniversary of the architect’s death.