She's listing a bit to the left in this photo, but this is the mermaid that will be starring at the Jung conference in Belleville this October. She is being donated as a fund raiser so participants can have a go at winning her. I'll be there at the lovely retreat center reprising my art journaling class and attending the conference. They are using another one of my mermaids as a cover girl for the entire conference including 8 foot banners, brochure covers and advertising. I am over the moon with the entire process and happily painting away.
Funny thing is, this has encouraged me to return to painting from deeper imagery. I'll admit to doing some pretty florals because I wanted to see if I could do them...and I did. In the long run they do remind me of my passionate connection to nature. Now the mermaids take me back to my home on the shore. I was born in a hospital on a river, called Riverview, in a town called Red Bank, all leading into New York Harbor. Beaches were where I grew up and merpeople were part of my everyday. Strong, sensual, hero creatures who could save you from......whatever.
So now my home is decorated with huge pieces of coral, my bathroom sports all sorts of shells and sea sculptures. I may live in a land locked state, but my soul is soaked in salt water forever.
Kathleen Barnes, Paintdiva
Art is my passport to a limitless journey. When I am not exploring my materials on a technical level, there is visual exploration before me. When that seems a bit thin, there is a deep calling from the realm of my imagination. Sometimes all three come together in a perfect storm. That storm, that combination of the real, the imagined and the very paint and canvas is what calls me daily, and I answer as much as I can.....