Karen Gustafson – Painter and Drawer


Through highly detailed drawings, Karen Gustafson explores the structure, topography and pattern of raw and processed foods. She uses a scanning electron microscope to print out the microscopic images that she then draws onto watercolor paper. She likes how the details and complexity of her art allows her to slow down and look at what can easily pass her by. Describe an activity you enjoy that allows you to slow down and take a break from the layers and complexities of everyday life.

Artist Georgia O’Keefe once said, “Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.” Find a natural living object and spend time studying it. Look at it carefully. Observe its form and beauty. Write a list of words that describe the object, and then turn the words into a poem.

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