Spread 209 – Dark

Spread 209 – Dark

12-13 December 2015

Vintage and personal items and images, matte medium, Nova Color paint, black ink.

From an early age I have always seen the brighter side of any situation. I have long developed survival skills enabling me to adapt to a adversity. Perhaps it is my ability to analyze people and situations from several angles at a moments notice. It takes skill to look deeper at a relationship, event or picture.

Lately I have come to realize I am the anchor in a very turbulent storm. Amazingly, looking back it would seem it has become my vocation all along in this life. It is a weary, exhausting job. Who do I lean on? I am tired. Perhaps I never will be able to.

This spread is from a recent class with Orly Avineri.

2018-05-03T13:39:40+00:00January 4th, 2016|Art Journals, Brian Kasstle|10 Comments


  1. Thomas LaBadia January 4, 2016 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    This is fantastic Brian. I so understand everything you have shared as well. It is exhausting and often makes me want to run away, but then who would take care of everyone?

  2. Orly January 4, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    I love you my dear friend…so beautifully written and moving my heart…better times must come..

  3. craftygoofy49 January 4, 2016 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Wow Brian, I love your spread and it is amazing I was having these same thoughts this weekend. It is exhausting but, you must take time to care for yourself. Sending love. Looking forward to meeting you later this month.

    • apaperbear January 4, 2016 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      I am looking forward to meeting you as well!!!

  4. William Charlebois January 4, 2016 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Kind of looks like our sky right about now. Well, the sky is definitely more gray. I really don’t like the short days of winter! I keep seeing a big spider on it’s back in your spread. I’m running! 🙂

  5. Terry Garrett January 5, 2016 at 1:09 am - Reply

    so understand this- I was the oldest of three- the caretaker- so yes dear friend you can lean on me I feel a song coming on

  6. tmcraven2015 January 5, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Nice now. Funny how dark this is with the Kings doing so well.

    Tim McRaven tmcraven@mac.com


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