One of the greatest joys of blogging is meeting new people.  Sometimes I find other people’s blogs, and sometimes they find mine.  Such was the case with Winsome Gunning.  A few weeks ago, she left a comment on my blog, signed simply, The Artist.  So I dropped by her blog,  Winsome Gunning Art Walk.

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Winsome Gunning is a visual artist whose work rises from “the creative spirit within.”  Others call this spirit the muse.  Regardless of her subject matter, her work is always about “discovering this spirit and listening to its promptings.”  She tries to live so that the “creative flow” will not be stifled.  In her artist’s statement, she explains her goal is “to express the realities of [her] existence.”  She uses color according to Kandinsky’s theory on spiritual associations to convey mood and feeling.

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Gunning lives in Australia, where she moved in the 1970s, after graduating with a major in painting from Canterbury University, New Zealand.  She then taught until 1991, when she began to concentrate on her own work.  Her early work was inspired by migrant children that she taught in the inner city schools.

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As Gunning’s work continues to evolve, she now emphasizes the value of silence, of solitude.  Flowers, butterflies, and birds appear in her work.  On her blog, she explains each new works as she posts it. I am thankful for the day The Artist stopped by, and now I enjoy visiting her blog often and also her web site.