Grackles and the Moon

The annual spring exhibit at at the Grand Marais Art Colony is called Rhythms of Darkness and Light, and will be on display March 23-April 1st. Each artist responds to the theme with a new work.


From a distance, the winter landscape can seem drab and monochrome. But up close, the variety of color in the bare branches is astonishing. When I look deeply I can see that each moment contains evidence, as well as memory, of summer and autumn, and the anticipation of spring. The idea for this image came from a photograph I took at midsummer. Walking on a path near the shore of Como Lake in St. Paul, I glanced up and saw grackles ascending a tree limb with the moon directly above them.


Author: Kit

I use the materials and techniques of the Japanese art of katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing) to capture my experience of nature. My work celebrates daily meetings with the wild birds, plants, and lake breezes of my local urban surroundings.

11 thoughts on “Grackles and the Moon”

  1. I love every little thing about the grackles and the moon Kit; the theme, the gently graded colouration, the composition and the words in your artists statement. I fully identify with winter landscapes holding the memories of seasons past and the promise of new ones to come. Lovely.

  2. Lovely Kit! I love the naturalness of the grackles and the layers of foliage that suggest the memories you describe in your statement. I also love how you capture both naturalism and abstraction at the same time.

  3. How beautiful, I am in reverent awe. I can not believe the process that you went through to produce this piece of art.Like magic.

  4. Hi Kit – beautiful piece! Was that layers of katazome? Having taken your class it is fun to try to figure out how you did this!

  5. Thank you, Kim, yes I did several layers with this piece, the last two were with katazome materials and techniques. The first layer comes from bundling leaves in the silk and simmering the bundle, using techniques developed by Australian artist India Flint (see my sidebar). You can see that layer through the other two layers. If you look at several posts previous to this you can follow the process …

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