by Lee Ann Robins
But I don't know why Kathy keeps putting English peas in her paintings. They keep showing up--see, down there on the left. One would suspect her of homage to LeSueur, but I happen to know Kathy loathes English peas ("They're mushy"), yet still they keep coming up. On occasion, she disguises them by painting them scarlet, but she's not fooling me. The latest painting, sitting unfinished on her easel, I'm looking at right now and the composition is a butterfly on a gold background fluttering away from the peas, in this incarnation square--but still green. Like we wouldn't recogize them. I name it in my head: Butterflies Are Free (with peas).
The Gilded Lily requested Kathy's green bird painting and then put it front and center, which surprised and excited us as we were driving downtown today and saw it all spotlit, dominating their display. She leapt out to peer at it and I pulled the camera from my purse and snapped. I like this picture, and it's a rare occasion when I take one of Kathy and she doesn't make me delete it. Today is the first real day of our summer. I call it a good omen (with peas).