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ECHO HILL STUDIOS
ARTIST: ANN KAHL
This painting is actually not an acrylic, but an oil.
I had copied a classic painting of a medieval European castle for practice,
and then fooled around with the resulting scene
by diminshing it's apparent grandeur with a pair of "huge" birds.
The scene became a bit menacing, which I thought was fun, and I domesticated the birds by adding the egg.
The intense blue sky cried out for a moon, (I feast on contrast,)
and I made it new.
That leaves a whole month for anything to happen, now doesn't it?
THE FIRST BIRD____________________BIRD AND FRIEND WORM
As I was, at the time, deeply involved in Zen Buddhism,
(a study which has become a welcome additon to my understanding of life, if such a thing exist),
at the time the Castle Birds materialized in my studio,
I employed the new birds in my life, to express a combination of the compassion which is not only necessary,
but, I believe, natural to a mentally healthy life,
with a bit of a play on even compassion's ability to be taken to extremes.
In this painting, which is also an oil,
the bird and the worm are having a conversation, the gist of which is;
in the event the baby is hungry when it finally emerges from the newly laid egg,
the worm will allow itself to be eaten by the new arrival.
The painting was inspired by an incident at the Zen Center whereby a very senior member
stood quietly while an intruder,
entering the zendo, or meditation hall,
attempted to steal the ancient and quite valuable Buddha figure on the altar.
The day was saved when a monitor passing by stuck his head in the door,
chased the thief and potential attacker, and rescued the Buddha.
There was much talk at breakfast that day
concerning the extraordinary compassion of the very senior member
in simply allowing the event to take place.
Something about this bothered me the whole way home,
and only as the bird and worm began to emerge on canvas
did I realize that the monitor's life had been put in danger
by the peaceful inaction of the party of the first part. Oh, well.
THE BIRD and the SNAKE
(please. let me explain.) She, (the bird), has laid an egg,
and, of course, she is proud of her accomplishment.
Her dear friend, (the snake), is not impressed. ("Even the best of friends---")
But then he hears a cracking sound, and immediately, she has his full attention.
Then the egg opens, and seven beautiful little birds tumble and fall into the world.
NOW the bird is viewed with great admiration by her friend.
Just then, it begins to rain. Everyone makes a rush for the shelter of the bushes.
And lo-and-behold, the sun comes out.
So they all peek out from the bushes again.
These five paintings are for sale. I am asking $4,000 for the five of them,
not including shipping, which I estimate as being about $200.
The story and the paintings are totally original.
Their whimsy and bright colors are unforgettable to children, and invite return.
This set is perfect for a PEDIATRICIAN, CHILDREN'S DENTAL OFFICE OR NURSERY SCHOOL.
As there are five of them and they are large, they require lots of wall space,
for instance, a hallway on the way in to the office.
The sizes vary somewhat. "The Crack in the Egg" measures 30" by 50"..
If you are interested, you can reach the artist, Ann Kahl, at 610-562-3535.
HERE IS A SUGGESTED WAY TO FRAME THESE FIVE PAINTINGS
(The liitle story is written on the backs of the paintings, and will fit nicely around the edges)
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