Acrylic on Canvas
18” x 24”
inspired by the poem "Come" by Robert P. Langdon
I’ve travelled through the shades of red —
the pink of birth and the blush of adolescence.
The candy of passion, the rose of love
and the scarlet stench of loss.
I’ve swayed with the blues all of my life —
the electric coolness of cobalt. The back and forth
mania of indigo calming itself down to an azure
and finally finding peace in the tranquility of periwinkle.
The yellows have always energized me —
they feed me the sun and keep me smiling. I have gone
one on one with butterscotch but can sometimes be a whole
grain mustard. I am part sour lemon part sappy honey. But all golden.
The greens have always been a challenge — I’ve protested
the army and hunters. Chopped the basils and mints.
My toes have been tickled by moss and my senses
titillated by chartreuse. The greens have been friend and foe.
But these days the colors are beginning to blend and create new hues.
My footprints have oxidized into a mixture of vibrancy and grey.
Darker patches streaking and stroking beckon me to come.
But they took that away from me. I can’t anymore.
— © Robert P. Langdon
An award-winning poet and playwright, Josepha Gutelius made a radical switch to visual art in 2015. Born 1952, raised in Greenwich Village and Waccabuc, NY. A graduate of the Masters School, where she studied under painter Robert Arner, who became a lifelong friend and mentor. Attended Bard College as an art major and switched to Comparative Literature, eventually concentrating on German literature at Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich. Her first collection of poems, To the Perfect Love which Prepares a Table Beyond Us, was published by Rat and Mole Press in 1975.
In 1971, she met her future husband in Cadaques, Spain, in the home of Salvador Dali. Moved to West Berlin in 1975, where she worked as arts correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and published her second collection of poems, Rapt Meat, with original collages by the author. Returning to NYC in the late 70s, she became production editor for the Norton Anthologies of literature and simultaneously began playwriting. Plays staged in NYC and regional theaters include Schlag’s Atomica World Machine, Vaseline, Veronica Cory, The Age of Anxiety, Miracle Mile.
In 1980, she and her husband made a permanent move to Saugerties where she began publishing short stories -- several as fictionalized accounts of artists, notably Penny, which was included in the anthology Best New Writing 2013. Many of her paintings reflect the narrative equivalent of a setting, a mood, an atmosphere — with characters who have a story to tell.