Karen F Rose My Painting Journey

Friday, April 8, 2011

Moon Shadow - Taking That Walk, oil

© 2011 Karen F. Rose  Moon Shadow, oil on canvas, 8x8"

The summer of my junior year in high school was spent as an exchange student in Germany. I stayed in a small village near Fulda near the mountains, north of Frankfurt, Germany. 
When I think of that summer, I remember taking walks back from the village to the home where I was staying. 
Richard Harris singing McArthur's Park played over and over again on the radio. 
Didn't know the meaning of the song, but it's etched into my memory along with the German night landscape.
When Carol Marine posted a photo she had taken from a recent trip to Germany as part of the DPW challenge I was stunned.
I felt as though I have been on that road, taking a walk not in the bright sunshine, but in the glow of the moon and it's shadows. 
As we walked along that road, the group of us, an American girl who knew little German and her German friends, who knew little English we sang an American song which none of us understood.
"MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
'Cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again, oh no..."
                                        McArthur's Park lyrics courtesy MetroLyrics.com 
Soft edges and a soft focus on a sweet memory from long ago.
Thanks for reminding me Carol.


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

OMG - I'm laughing, because no song brings out the wailers and off-tuners like that one! What a lovely memory, and an ethereal painting... just like a memory!

Laurel Daniel said...

Very beautiful - I love the soft edges on these misty pieces.

Karen F. Rose said...

Laurel I am often interested in Whistler and Carlson's comments about painting from memory. Maybe mine is getting extra foggy!