The skies have been amazing here. Both the real ones and the painted ones in the Orsay. I wrote earlier about the Redon portraits with fantastical clouds as backgrounds, and the magical realism is still speaking to me. I've always loved Redon, but that's never been my style. I decided I just had to try my own cloud portrait, though, having already done a starry background one after the Van Gogh portrait I love in the Orsay.
I'm not sure where, if anywhere, I'll go with this series, but it feels really good to get outside of my regular work and have the time and creative space to try something new. It's a huge gift to get away from the business side of things (packaging, framing, shows, deadlines) and have time to purely create art and listen to the voices inside. I'm so grateful for this chunk of creative time in Paris. And having the Orsay as a neighbor has deeply enriched the experience.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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