Hi, I’m Kelly Wilkinson.
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shades of blue and green

I have to admit that I’ve had a harder time settling back into city life than I anticipated. It feels a wee bit like what I imagine it might be like for astronauts to re-enter the atmosphere – minus eating freeze-dried food, peeing in no gravity, and having to be good at physics. Instead of moving from no gravity or light, it’s the reverse. We returned to damp, chill fog and wool sweaters and socks. Tank tops and cold beer feel like another life.

I am very aware that I don’t have a lot to complain about, so I’ll try and put a lid on my melancholy. But I would be lying if I said that I didn’t miss porches and warm rain and a landscape that is so green, it’s hard for your brain to absorb that much color. There’s just a thinner line on the East Coast between inside and outside. So I was particularly fluttery and happy to get these cards in the mail.

They’re Gwen Frostic prints, which I discovered by reading about (and wanting to step into) this wedding.

The notecards look like pages from a beautiful field journal of the meadows we just left in Vermont, so they’re looking extra-beautiful to me right now.

Reader Comments (4)

I've just recently discovered Gwen Frostic too, and I adore her work! I found a book of her poetry and prints at a garage sale for 75 cents. I know she lived and worked here in Michigan, but I've gotten the feeling that Vermont and northern Michigan are a lot alike.

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Hill

Funny, I saw those posts and right away recognized them as something I had seen before. I went to my bookshelf and pulled out a small book I bought for fifty cents at a library sale and ta-da! Gwen Frostic's "A Place on Earth". I don't know much about her, but maybe I'll look into her a little. Her prints really are beautiful and seem to lead you away to a world of their own. :)

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDesiree

I've been to Gwen Frostic's magical and special studio in northern Michigan many times since I was a child. How lovely that you've discovered her beautiful art too. Nice to see it here.

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstacey

i'm also a west coast transplant. nearly two decades since i moved away from "god's country" i still go into a funk after two weeks back east. it's goofy because i have a beautiful life here but it is truly very, very different than country living. enjoy rediscovering what makes you love the city!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaura

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