Friday, April 15, 2011

Semi Abstract Painting, Wicker Dreams I, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

Wicker Dreams I
10x10 oil on canvas

I have been exploring texture and line in my work lately, as you can see from this painting, and the fabric paintings from a few postings ago, (in fact I have a special project I have been working on regarding fabric). 

'Wicker Dreams I' is a semi-abstract painting of a close up section of a wonderful old wicker trunk we inherited from my husband's mother.  It is one of the trunks she used to transport her possessions from Austria to Canada, when she immigrated here in the 50's.   Packed with clothing and linens this wicker trunk also contained dreams... dreams of a new start in Canada after the war... dreams of the future in a new country... dreams of adventure in western Canada.   Dreams are precious things in life.

Wicker trunks and furniture were often made from rattan (a climbing vine from Indonesia), reeds and other strong natural fibers that could withstand a fair amount of wear and tear.  'Wicker' is the term for the product of weaving any number of natural materials and can be traced back thousands of years to the Egyptians, and probably farther.  King Tut was buried with several examples of wicker, such as a chair, headboard and a stool.  It seems wicker has royal roots.

10x10 oil on canvas


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story and painting!! That is an incredible inspiration. Great job. :)

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Interesting as always! Feast for the eyes and the mind. This is beautifully painted and can be either abstract or realism. Both work.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Great to see something to so original.

Claudia Hammer a Painting a day said...

I love the color and texture on this one. It is so beautiful seen from a different perspective. Great painting!