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Samara Falling

(I recently found this entry in my painting journal and thought it very pertinent to the theme that developed)

February 21st 2003
Haven't written in a while, but the painting is going well. I've strarted a seed theme. I'm not sure yet why it attracts me, what it is I want to say with it. They're rather light, but goopy, paintings with these floating seed pods. It has to do with similarities, the colors aren't that different; it's about something that's there but that you have to look at to find exactly what it is. It has to do with the act of falling, or floating more than falling. That feeling of floating slowly, it gives you a suspended feeling, a feeling of calm too, like snow falling so slowly. I think it's the idea of seeds that interests me, something that will come, the beginning of something, something closed inside waiting to expand and blossom but something beautiful in itself, quiet, shy, slow.

 Ursula Joell Mathers is a painter and children's book illustrator living in Italy. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, and her children's books have been published by various international publishers and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.


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