American artist Kelly O'Brien | printmaking, painting, artist books, paper sculpture from her studio near Bath, England
Begin Anywhere (2014), mixed media on paper, 50 x 70 cm.
The Taunus is laced with hiking trails, timbered logs, and an occasional mid-hike snack hut. Choices abound for a pleasant outing. This ode to John Cage is a mantra for when I don't know where to start - in or out of the woods.
Small World (2014), mixed media on paper, 50 x 70 cm.
I found these tiny mushrooms growing on top of an eye-level stone wall. Up close, they revealed an entire world in a patch of moss.
Good Energy (2014), mixed media on paper, 70 x 50 cm.
On the first drive with my husband across Germany from Frankfurt to Berlin, I couldn't get enough of the enormous wind turbines scattered throughout the countryside. There's something about their scale, unison, and quiet presence that I find reassuring.
freu dich, trau dich (2014), mixed media print on paper, 70 x 50 cm.
Does it say "freu dich" or "trau dich?" I can't recall which one it is on this awning in Bad Camberg. Either way, you can rejoice in trusting yourself!
Plenty (2014), mixed media on paper, 50 x 70 cm.
The graphic digits spray-painted on cut logs are like a secret formula, adding up to plenty.
The Decide to Stay for Awhile (2014), mixed media on paper, 50 x 70 cm.
Living on temporary overseas assignment means one's life can be uprooted at any time, with little notice. When I remember that home is where the heart is, I don't mind so much.
Leave Breadcrumbs (2014), mixed media on paper, 70 x 50 cm.
In a fairy tale forest on a hike so foggy, we could barely see in front of us.
She Decides to Shine (2014), mixed media on paper, 50 x 70 cm.
Our local forest is scattered with beautiful mushrooms and fungi. This lovely was literally glowing, not to be missed.
The Path Itself Changed Her (2014), mixed media on paper, 70 x 50 cm.
Chickens and cows are everyday sightings when walking our dog, Astro. He gets very excited when he sees them. They largely ignore us.
You Lead, I'll Follow (2014), mixed media on paper, 70 x 50 cm.
I'm learning that you've got to take turns in relationships. Sometimes you lead, other times you follow. Living abroad has been a great teacher in this regard.
Schnell, Like a Bunny! (2014), mixed media on paper, 50 x 70 cm.
The grocery check-out line in Germany is like a competitive sport. There's a certain unspoken pressure to quickly unload your cart, bag your groceries, pay and get out of the way. Like these bunnies, you've got to be quick.