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Art of the Day: Saturday May 29, 2004

Beauty and the Beast SOLD

- by Cathy (Kate) Johnson

This week's theme: Fairy Tales

They are stories we are told as a child. They are stories that often fascinate us as adults. In fairy tales live menace, hope, spells, beauty, horror, love, treachery, good and evil and happily ever after. Blended together they create a heady mix that keeps us coming back year after year and generation after generation.

-Melissa Morton

Art: Beauty and the Beast SOLD by Artist Cathy  (Kate) Johnson
I rescued a tattered book of fairy tales, long out of copyright and the pages hanging by a thread. I was ready to throw it away as unredeemable until I opened it and found images that spoke to me from the storybooks of my childhood, tales with meanings far deeper than today's cartoon images.

The fairy tale story of the beauty and the beast and the image from an old book inspired me to a bit of poetry..."Beauty and the Beast, in imagination if not in fact. He, so strong and strange, as if another species entire...And we, so fair and frail, and yet, somehow...Mistress."

It is very rich in color, texture, and imagery. The blue floats over the gold background, held a bit apart with spacers, and it's edged with an organic border of burnt sienna.

Detail Images

Detail Image for art Beauty and the Beast SOLD

The color is closest here...

Detail Image for art Beauty and the Beast SOLD


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