Into the Sunset: Phyllis Kapp’s glowing new works
It’s hard to catch Phyllis Kapp in an idle moment, so when I call for an impromptu interview about her latest work I’m not surprised that she’s busy filling her suitcase.
“I’m going to Chicago again!” she says, her voice a bit muffled. “Just a second, I’ve got to get something from my closet.” There’s a distant scuffle, and then a short pause as Phyllis gathers her thoughts. Our founder may have turned 82 in December but in art and life she’s always in dynamic motion.
“My new body of work. I have done 12 new pieces of varying sizes, from 4 by 6 to 26 by 18,” Phyllis says. The watercolorist’s paintings are always high key, but her most recent works push her palette in the deepest, most vivid directions yet. “Kiss Me… That’s All” possesses the reds of a sunrise and the blues of moonlit midnight. “True Love” is a rainbow of color that captures every hue you’ve ever seen in Abiquiu.
Phyllis has to finish packing, but I sneak in one more question. “How do you choose your colors?”
“None of my colors are ever a conscious decision. They just come,” Phyllis says, sounding for a moment like she’s lost in a daydream. “I in fact don’t even know what colors are dominant in this body of work.” Perhaps that’s because she has used every single one.
Seconds later, Phyllis is gone. I imagine her zipping up her bag and dashing out the door, ready for the next colorful adventure.
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