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Artist Anna Kessler
Waterfall in Winter
As I walk through the forest, I see sunlight reflected by small drops of falling water. Trees shine bright yellow as sunlight strikes them and dark purple storm clouds brew behind them. I see an old tree with intricately patterned bark. I can almost feel the space between rocks, trees and falling water. In these moments, I sense something beyond the ordinary. It is as if the things I see and feel are out of a dream; they are beautiful, significant, and incomprehensible. They each seem beautiful and otherworldly in their own unique way. In my art I explore these subjects, these flashes of the surreal.
When I experience moments that stand out to me as significant and meaningful, I try to capture my environment in a photograph. When I paint or draw, I usually work from these photographs, and start by copying them as exactly as I can. I trace either a projection or an enlarged black and white print of a photograph. I paint or draw over these traced lines and use them as a guide. Although I am trying to copy the photo, the resulting painting or drawing is never exactly the same. Usually the photographs I take look boring and bland, and the surreal feeling I hoped to capture seems lost. However, when I paint or draw that same photograph, it is as if the magic of the moment comes back out. The process of tracing an image and painting over it somehow recreates the feeling I am trying to communicate, and the resulting images seem to exude the surreal feeling I want to capture.
I hope that through my efforts, I have captured in paint the ambience I am trying to understand. I hope that people will look at my paintings and be reminded that there is beauty and meaning in the world. I hope they will then go back to their own lives and be able to look at the world with a new perspective, and remember to stop and look around for the magic in their own environments.