Sarah Guthu – a new painting
I had a friend in high school who was extremely talented, even back then. We spent hours in the theater at school creating sets, listening to music, and painting. My most favorite memory of Sarah is when we were doing Once Upon a Mattress and she was tasked with painting a huge sheet of plywood, that was supposed to look like a constellation of a dragon, that would be hung in the wizard’s chambers. I ended up helping her on it quite a bit, and it was amazing. It ended up being almost a pointillism style dragon. Sadly, for some reason (maybe she remembers), the director didn’t use it in the staging. It should have been used. I still remember the hours spent making little dots on a huge black board, having great conversations with a great friend.
Since graduation I’m not sure if I’ve even seen her, but I’ve kept up with her on Facebook, and on her beautiful blog. Sarah is the kind of person who, I’m convinced, has more than 24 hours in her day. She is always posting about her creative endeavors, culinary adventures, academic pursuits, and so much more. I don’t know how she does so much, but however she does it, and whatever she does, it is sure to be inspiring. A couple years ago she posted about making sugar plums, and I commented that I didn’t know they were actual things (I thought they were just fairy/ballet related ideas), and she generously and graciously sent me a box to try. That’s just the kind of person she is – the best kind of person.
I have been eying her paintings for years. She has a really interesting, original style. Just a couple months ago, she started selling prints of her paintings on Society6. I decided that I needed a print, and luckily she posted one of my favorites right around my birthday.
“Breath” has always intrigued me. I love the motion in the girl’s pose. I love the colors. I love the mystery. Since I hung it in my house, I’ve been trying to figure out the story in the painting. It’s a little creepy, but really, truly beautiful. When I asked Alma who the girl was, she said, “Mommy.” I love this, because part of why I chose this painting is because it reminded me of how I picture both of my daughters looking someday. The girl in the painting looks like she’s on an adventure, and I hope for many adventures for my girls.
We hung it over our front table, in the living room. I love that, while a print, it is also a great piece of art. Not just a poster or something. Having real art makes me feel fancy (this is making me think that I should do posts about all our art, because looking around the house, I’m realizing that we actually have a lot of original, beautiful artwork!).
So, if you’re looking for some creative inspiration, check out Sarah’s blog. And if you’re looking for some beautiful art for your home, check out her Society6 shop. AND, if you’re looking for an original, one-of-a-kind dress for a little lady in your life, look for her soon to come Etsy shop of literary inspired children clothes (areyoukiddingme?).
Thanks, Sarah, for your wonderful art, your incredible spirit, your constant inspiration, and for the memories.