Paintings Are Like Children:

As an artist, there is an idea that lives within you for a period of time, pushing and kicking at you until you go through the labor of producing the artwork. You shape the painting, watch it grow, and give it your very best.  The work then lives and breathes and stands on its own merits. When it is time to send it out into the world, you dream that it will make you proud and hope that one day it will leave home with someone who loves it.

As the artist-parent, I nurture my paintings with joy and try to imbue in them knowledge of the subject matter, grace gained through composition and design, fun realized through the aspect of viewpoint and discovery, and radiance achieved through light and color.  Once this is accomplished, I can let them go.


K Krueger McDonald

20 March, 2010