Abstract and Representational Paintings - Wanda Ast, Polish-American Artist

Oil Paintings by Wanda Ast

Still Life - Flowers
Still Life - Flowers | Source
Lost in Thought
Lost in Thought | Source
The White Hat
The White Hat | Source
Together
Together | Source
Dream Time
Dream Time | Source
Tahaitian Women
Tahaitian Women | Source
Abstract in Green and Gold
Abstract in Green and Gold | Source
Sitting Nude I
Sitting Nude I | Source
Still Life - Vase
Still Life - Vase | Source

A Polish Immigrant - A Polish American Artist

Wanda Maria Kowalska Ast and Professor Curtis Chapman met through a mutual friend and at his invitation she visited Reinhardt College several times in the late 1970’s to give demonstrations on painting and batik print making for Professor Chapman’s art students.

Unaware of this earlier history and acquaintance, I began teaching history in 1998 at a private liberal arts institution in North Georgia, Reinhardt College.

My office was on the bottom floor of the library and one day a distinguished and kindly-looking older man I did not know came tripping down the steps and casually glanced through my open office door and smiled.

Suddenly, he seemed terribly taken aback; he stopped, entered my office hand extended and solemnly intoned -

“You must know Wanda, Wanda Ast. I would recognize her artwork anywhere. I am so pleased to meet you. Please tell me how you came to have one of Wanda’s batiks?”

Professor Curtis Chapman, Reinhardt College's Professor of Art, had correctly identified a large abstract painting, in cool blues and greens, which hung on my office wall.

I explained that I was Wanda's granddaughter and he told me about her earlier forays to Reinhardt to work with his students.

We became dear friends as well as colleagues and for many, many years we regaled each other, and all who would listen, with what could only be described as the “Tales of Wanda.”

Wanda Maria Kowalska Ast was my paternal grandmother, my "Bobcia." She was an extraordinarily eccentric, vivacious, intense, articulate, and talented woman. She survived the Nazis and the Communists and immigrated to America with her husband and four children to begin a new life.

She learned to speak English (she already spoke Polish, French, and German) and she raised her children. Before long she began writing stories and poetry, often winning awards from the Georgia Writer's Association.

Then she began drawing in chalk and painting in oils and acrylics. In her sixties and seventies she began experimenting with, and mastered, the physically arduous process of "batiking" - which involved applying hot wax to fabric and then dipping it into tubs of hot dye, then pressing the wax out of the fabric with an iron.

Repeating the labor intensive process again and again would eventually produce breathtakingly beautiful and elaborate designs, some abstract and some representative. Her paintings and batiks were exhibited at numerous Georgia colleges, banks, and several fine art centers.

Wanda, as might be expected, was a voracious and eclectic reader - literature, history, philosophy, religious devotionals, and poetry. Her most beloved poet was Rainer Maria Rilke.

She remained an iconoclastic, yet devoted Catholic all her life. In examining the body of her artwork, one can find nature based paintings, still-lifes, nudes, modernist informed abstracts, as well as, religiously themed paintings.

She was a passionate woman, devoted to her art and to her family, but not at all the typical grandmother. We never baked cookies together, or sewed an apron, or decorated Easter eggs. But our time together was always enlightening, challenging, different, fascinating.

For my tenth birthday, just as I was about to board a plane whose destination was Athens, Greece (my father was in the Air Force and had been assigned to Athenai Air Base for a three year rotation) she handed me a large, heavy volume.

D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, full of beautifully colored illustrations. I had never heard of Greek Mythology, knew nothing of the Titans, Mount Olympus, Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Dionysius, Hephaestos, Demeter, Athena, Poseidon, or of Hades and the river Styx.

I consumed the book, its stories, its pictures during the long overseas flight and then stepped into the bright sunlight of Greece, into mythos, into the land of the gods and goddesses.

Shortly I would climb the steep stone steps carved into Mars Hill look down on the Athenian agora (agoraphobia), wander through the Parthenon, and explore many other ancient temples and ruins. History and fantasy became one, they were my reality.

I still cannot bear to read the Romanized version of the original Greek names. They are somehow so not right. Not Mercury, but Hermes, not Diana, but Artemis, not Venus for heaven's sake, but Aphrodite rising from the water. Could they have any other names?

We are infinitely interesting, diverse, and multi-faceted creatures;certainly, my Bobcia was. The Polish-American immigrant who never baked cookies, whose walls were covered with nudes, was also a deeply spiritual soul and wrote the following in her journal.

The will of God – nothing more, nothing less – must be the rule of our lives. Prayer is not insisting upon our way, it is discovering God’s will for our lives.

It is in our surrender of wills to God, that we are inviting God to do His work through us. Then we can say with Paul….I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.

Sacredness is, in a sense, a feeling – but a feeling that goes to the very heart of life. It is a feeling of recognition directed toward what is great and high enough to give our small lives meaning, to put our personal journey in a greater perspective. It is a feeling of reverence for human life.

Throughout our life there will be dry times when we need to remember we were called to hope. For these times, the Spirit gives understanding and courage. Courage isn’t the absence of fear. Instead, it is the gift to endure fear and failure – your own and others.

Let us always be open, surprised, continually blown away by the terrific possibilities of life, open to new directions, always to see open windows where others find closed doors. This is God’s gift, and we are truly God’s handiwork, created to live in the Spirit of the Lord. Amen.

Wanda Maria Kowalska Ast -- 1986

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mistifields 5 years ago

This is indeed a very intriguing art collection. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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adimax 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Great art, great story, and a really good quote I'll take with me for the rest of my life...

"Courage isn’t the absence of fear. Instead, it is the gift to endure fear and failure – your own and others."


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Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

What a fabulous Hub!!! How generous of you to share so much of your art - plus the great story. Voted up and awesome!


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you, thank you. I especially value your opinion and your journalist's eye.

More paintings to follow - just don't have any text developed yet. I spent last night from 12:00 to 3:00 putting that one together - I am incredibly slow when it comes to typing. Can't stay up that late too often, as the students are still waiting for me the next morning bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Thanks again.


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you mistifields. I appreciate your comments. I hope to share more of her work in the coming weeks and months. Theresa


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

Such a great Hub!!! Thank you for sharing the story and the artwork!


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thanks for visiting and for the encouraging comment. It means a lot coming from someone who has quite a way with words herself.


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM

Your grandmother's art is stunning. I like the colors she uses and the shapes in her artwork. She is truly gifted. So you two didn't bake cookies, but you seem to have had a terrific intellectual and spiritual relationship with your grandmother. That is priceless.

This article is so well-written and I can tell it is a labor of love. Voted up! Interesting and beautiful!


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you. I have always thought she was quite good, but it is helpful to get an unrelated, unbiased opinion from someone else. I hope to do additional Hubs in the near future featuring more of her work. I am very fortunate to have about twenty of her original paintings and batiks and over a hundred photographs of other paintings and batiks. I tried to do a good job on the accompanying text -thank you for your comments.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Prayer is not insisting upon our way, it is discovering God’s will for our lives.

She must have been a very wise and talented woman.


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

She was indeed...and high-spirited and eccentric and dramatic...not your typical grandmother. :) She made life interesting wherever she went. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I just posted a comment here. Did it disappear?


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

It must have disappeared and I don't know why. I didn't get to see it. Off to the hardware store...maybe it will be here when I get back. Have a wonderful day.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi phdast7

"Courage isn’t the absence of fear. Instead, it is the gift to endure fear and failure – your own and others"

Through your story I see that your grandmother was a wise, colourful and talented woman.

Voted up and awesome.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hi Sueswan-

She was indeed. Thank you for recognizing her strong qualities and my attempt to do right by her. I really appreciate your comments.


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Wow! I breathtaking sometime when you read the things and place that others have visited , touched and seen in their lives, and sometimes if the evils of this world have not been able to blind your true vision , that things that are eminent in our view . I can only say Wow! Phdast7.

The art , the process that you explained, the other interests this person took on with such ease , hence the reason for me simply saying Wow!

Thanks for sharing . I told you I would be coming around , now there is that much more reason.

Life is beautiful , when your eyes have not as yet been compromised.

Bless.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hi Sky- You are so very welcome and thanks for all the Wows! :) She was a very talented artist and poet. I am working on editing a collection of her poems, but it is a huge project and may take me another year. In the meantime I thought I would share some of her artwork with the Hub community. Check out her Batiks when you have time (2 hubs. Most of them are abstracts.

I have been very blessed to inherit about twenty of her paintings and batiks. I did not inherit her artistic talent; my creativity seems to be in teaching and writing. God has given all of us talents and gifts. On our life's journey we have to discover them and then use them to glorify God and bless others.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. I look forward to reading more of your work on the New Year. :)


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

God has given all of us talents and gifts. On our life's journey we have to discover them and then use them to glorify God and bless others.

I love this so much, I had to make sure I told , immediately.

Thank you. I will be reading more shortly.

Bless,


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

The pictures ( paintings ) again are just simply amazing thank you for sharing them :)


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

My School Dean agreed last year that I could spend two years focusing on editing and compiling my grandmother's poetry - instead of working on conference papers on the Holocaust (at every end of year review we have to document and justify the quality of our teaching, service on committees, and research efforts - so for two years this will count as my research component).

The goal is to publish a volume of her poems, that includes a 5-10 page bibliographical introduction and some plates of her artwork. Editing the poetry is slow going, but last summer I scanned several hundred pictures of her work into my computer and I started playing around working on an introduction.

If finally dawned on me about a month ago that I could post some of her work on a few Hubs and gauge the response. There is always the question in my mind? Have I selected a piece for inclusion because it is really good or did I include it because she was grandmother and its part of my family history? Getting external feedback has been very helpful.

Happy New Year. Theresa


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GoldenBird 4 years ago

Even to my Oriental eye, these paintings convey the very life and the very pathos, that a person must have felt in her lifetime.

I was intrigued by the 4th painting from the top: it speaks much. The color is unreal.

I am impressed!

..I read 'The will of God'; and I will not say anything on those words. Such wisdom should be listened, and understood. Thank you.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you GoldenBird. What wonderful, perceptive, and respectful comments. I appreciate them. And thank you for the terrific and encouraging fan mail. :) I hope to read some of your work soon.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I loved reading about your Grandmother and viewing this gallery of her lovely art. Thank you for sharing her with us. This is a treasure. :D

Happy New Year!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Both she and her work have been treasures in our lives for many years. Thanks for your comments. Happy New Year to you too. :)


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capricornrising 4 years ago from Wilmington, NC

This is extraordinary. And I thought your other two hubs about your grandma were good. This is really, really special.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you Capricorn. She really was quite good. Hopefully before too much longer I can post a couple more hubs of her work. Thanks so much for taking the time to come by, read, and comment.


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capricornrising 4 years ago from Wilmington, NC

Please do. One of the things that makes this so special is your words about your life with her. I'm a little choked up about it, actually. My grandma died a few years ago, and I've still got her singing in my ear with her little voice.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

I am so sorry you lost your grandma and I do know what you mean. On a number of occasions since I first wrote this Hub when I came back to respond to people's comments, I have cried because I miss her and this brings it all back. Thank you so much for you comments from the heart.


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

How wonderful to share your life with such an incredibly talented, wise woman. Who would choose baking over her art?


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

My thoughts exactly. Who would choose baking over art? :)

She was an amazing and unusual woman and artist. I finally found time to do a Hub about my grandfather, her husband, who was a sculpture. It is called "Marble and Stone."

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. :)


Susieq42 4 years ago

Hello again! Another of your terrific hubs. Thank you so much for sharing. I've got to go back and see what else you have waiting for me to read. (I love the poem!) God bless, SusieQ42


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you, thank you. So glad you like these Hubs on art. They are a great pleasure to write and put together since they are all about my family. Glad you loved the poem. She was quite a poet. If and when I can ever get all her poems scanned and retyped, I will share a few on HP. Have a great day. Theresa


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I came back for another read--Theresa, the art is wonderful and so is the prayer at the end--how lucky you are my dear to have this be a part of, and influence, your life. Thank you for sharing it with us all.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Audrey - Aren't you kind and thoughtful? I was very fortunate to have unusual and creative immigrant grandparents. Even my father's focus on geography and history and survival skills -- are a consequence of living through the Nazi, and then the Soviet conquest of Poland and then coming to America and starting over.

These cataclysmic events shaped them and helped shape me. The other major influence in my life of course was my mother, an English teacher who bequeathed me a deep love of language and literature. I was very lucky. Thank you so much for your comments. :)


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Excellent, excellent is this piece. The art is beyond any words that I am able to express. How blessed are you with such a rich family history! The art is exquisite. Thank you for sharing this part of you and your life with us. Amen for sure on this one! Sweet ending to an awesome hub. Agape love to you always, Faith Reaper


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Good Morning Faith - I am incredibly blessed and I have come to appreciate my family gifts and heritage more and more as I have gotten older. At 15 they were just "sort of weird relatives." I am so, so glad you loved her artwork and I just loved her journal entry/prayer when I found it. Thank you for your generous encouragement. Blessings!


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daisynicolas 4 years ago from Alaska

A very inspiring story about your granny.I enjoyed her unconventional wisdom as well as her many talents. Thanks for introducing a wonderful human being.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Good Morning Daisy. Thank you so much for topping by and commenting. She was quite an unusual woman, artist, and granny, We were blessed. Hope you are having a great Memorial Day. :)


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Wow very beautiful. Thank you for sharing!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you for commenting. Glad you enjoyed her paintings. I am fortunate to have several of them hanging in my home. Have a great day. :)


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

Very, very, very good hub! You have shared a wonderful life story. I love these true words "Prayer is not insisting upon our way, it is discovering God’s will for our lives." Voted up and all the rest. Keep inspiring us. Blesses!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you so much LastHeart. :) She was very talented and it has been a pleasure to do several hubs about her. Hope you are having a great week. :)


Tina 4 years ago

Holy Cow! I came across a note card batik that was given to me by Mrs. Wanda back in the mid 1980s. My mother, Pat Swain Baker, was an artist and member of the Marietta Fine Arts Association along with some other fabulous local artists whose names are coming back to me like a wave from my childhood, Dana Turpin, Gloria Friedman, and the wonderful lady who had long black hair with a gray streak and drove a Karmen Ghia. I was 13 and really enjoyed helping out. One day, my Mom asked me to help a sweet lady with taking her groceries in and cutting some paper for her art supplies. She promised that, in return, I may get to learn some batik techniques. I obliged and lo, did I learn! But nothing to do with batik or art. I learned from a sweet, eccentric and completely endearing little wondrous woman what it was like to have been a survivor of the holocaust. Intrigued and hungry for knowledge, I spent several hours listening to her, (after working out her accent), tell stories of the triumph of human spirit. She was marvelous and I will never forget her. When I was leaving that day, she handed me a small note card batik she had done and thanked me for helping her. I remember just wanting to hug her so tightly. She patted my hand and asked me to visit again. Sadly, my teenage years flew by without another contact. I regret that but am so very happy to have found that little treasure she gave me and remembered the stories. wow. :)


Tina 4 years ago

Where can I buy more of her artwork???


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hello Tina - What incredible serendipity that you should stumble across this Hub! Simply amazing! When Bopcia died (Wanda) my father shared her surviving art work (she sold a great many pieces of course) among her large extended family - her four children and her sixteen grandchildren. I have a few pieces inmy home.

Then my father passed away December 2010. When my brothers and I cleaned out his basement, we found two old trunks full of papers, about sixty photographs of paintings which she later sold and quite a few of the batik note cards. The images I used for the hub were the photographs that I scanned into the computer.

But I would be happy to mail you two or three of the batiks from her note-card days. I have a very busy day at the university tomorrow -we are gearing up for our fall semester which starts on the 13th...but if you will go to my Profile Page -- just click on the picture of me at the top of the page -- there is a way for you to email me directly.

Then I can email you back, get an address and send you some batiks. They are about 4 x 6 inches, but you could photograph them and have them enlarged and framed. I have done that myself.

So good to hear from you and I will look for your email when I get home tomorrow evening.

Sincerely,

Theresa Ast


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Anjo Bacarisas II 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

Voted up! So beautiful work of art... This surely an intriguing hub :) I like reading this page, thanks a lot!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I just came upon your lovely work. You are quite the artist and I love your paintings. I voted up .


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you so much Anjo. I appreciate your comments. Have a wonderful week. :)


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Wow, such a beautiful, motivating hub. Your Bobcia, was a remarkable woman, there's a saying, 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger' your grandmother was certainly strong. Beautiful painting, a very inspiring read.


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RednecksForObama 4 years ago from deep south

I like the bold strokes and color combinations in the paintings. Is it dumb to say "painterly" in that the application process is obvious. Free and loose, but under control and orderly. This creates a wonderful balance of tension between the primitive, and the civilized. It is not static. It is appealing on every level.

"I still cannot bear to read the Romanized version of the original Greek names." There is a harshness in the Roman Translation. Pax Romanus. Peace at all costs.

How much we have learned since then. Your poem captured the essence and drew a tear. Thank you. This hub is a real bargain.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you so much Carol. The hub and writing are mine. The paintings were done by my paternal grandmother. She was very talented. :)


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Morning tobusiness. She wan a remarkable survivor and artist. She also wrote poetry and I am in the process of organizing, compiling, and editing her poetry. I hope to find a publisher. Even if I don't I want to bind it so our extended families can all have a copy. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments. Take care. :)


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hello RFO - Thank you for the read and for the intelligent and thoughtful comments. I much appreciate them. You are certainly correct, there was never anything static in her work and although you probably can't tell from the photographs, her canvases were always large 3' by 5' occasionally, but most of the time 5' by 7' and she herself was tiny - not quit 5 feet tall. Have a great day. :)


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LauraD093 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

This is the first time I have read any of your hubs and I was visually moved by the artwork you presented . I was always drawn to the abstract for its emotional impact and motion. Now I see that Wanda Maria Kowaiska Ast is another artist I will need to know more then in passing. her journal quote moved me to tears and made my week-end. ty


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hello Laura - What a thoughtful, encouraging, and touching comment to leave. I really appreciate it. She was a rather remarkable woman and artist.

I feel like my brothers, sister, and I all inherited creative and artistic sensibilities from her, although none of us become a painter per se. We are musicians and poets and designers and so forth.

You might want to look at the hub on my Polish grandfather, her husband, who was a sculptor --- Edmund Ast. I hope to do another hub on the work he completed in America. Thank you again for stopping by. Have a great week. :)


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Vanderleelie 4 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

A very interesting ancestor to write about. Your hub gives a well-rounded picture of Wanda's creativity, curiosity and spirituality. She was clearly a relative who influenced you and others in a positive way. Voted up and shared.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Nice to meet you Vanderleelie -- I appreciate your comments. Thank you for taking time to read the hub. She was an unusual and very talented woman who influenced everyone in her family. Hope you have a great weekend. :)


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molometer 3 years ago

Hello Theresa,

Cannot believe that I missed these wonderful paintings.

Your Wanda produced some great art.

So talented.

Michael


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Good Morning Michael -

I don't know how you missed them either (three about Wanda I think and one about my grandfather Edmund who was a sculptor). I think it was writing about them that got my creative juices flowing and I started dipping my toes into the water of poetry.

Wanda was also an amazing poet ( she won awards locally in Georgia) and for two years I have been trying to edit her poems and find a publisher. I have made very little headway -- beyond sorting thrugh the four boxes of personal papers to find her actual poems.

It is a major undertaking and I need to clear both my plate and my office surfaces in order to work on it -- seems like something else is always in the way. Perhaps this summer. She was indeed extremely talented. :)

Glad you enjoyed it. :) Have a Blessed Christmas! ~~Theresa

P.S. Thank you for all the recommendations on Linked In /Google+, etc. Very generous of you.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

What a wonderful tribute to your paternal grandmother. She was talented! And, perhaps more importantly, she was able to understand the need for attuning one's will to God's will and the need for reverence and hope to permeate our lives. Beautifully articulated, Theresa.


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Nellieanna 14 months ago from TEXAS

Oh, Theresa! I've been such a fan of your wonderfully gifted grandmother, Wanda Ast, since you first introduced her in your hubs! This one is just the epitome of all of them as it brings her art and dynamic personality clearly into our hearts and minds.

I love the reference to your not making cookies, aprons or Easter eggs together as grandmother and granddaughter, but that your time together overflowed with challenge, inspiration and enlightenment for you. You couldn't have illustrated the essence of this woman and her amazing part in your life any more vividly. Her influence obviously had a large part in making you the amazing woman you are. I had a mother who was an artist with a highly charged, passionate personality and devotion to her calling whose influence on me was also unusual and included a deep and natural reverence for life and our Maker.


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Nellieanna 14 months ago from TEXAS

PS - I don't know how I missed this hub when you first published it. Glad you brought it to my attention now.

Also, just noticed your reply above about her poetry and your efforts to assemble her work for publication. Are you still working on that?

Reminds me that I need to get back to transcribing and organizing my own huge body of poetry. It's scattered handwritten in notebooks, scraps of paper in folders which keep turning up. So I can empathize with you in the difficulty of just doing it when it's prolific, as hers sounds to have been. I've done 1640 of mine and it's just the tip, plus that they are still being written.


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phdast7 9 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Oh Nellieanna - I just found your lovely comments from so long ago. I do not know how I missed them or forgot to come back for them. Although I have spent very little time on HP for a long while. First it was doing my poetry book and then projects at work and I spend too, too much time on FaceBook. But thank you for your insightful and lovely comments. Theresa


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phdast7 9 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Nellieanna - I am unfortunately still working on it and not getting very far. I got about half of her poems transferred from fragile onion skin to word docs, but there are 2, 3, even 4 versions of most versions with hand written corrections and...she never dated things, so I am having to decide what I think she wanted. Also I decided the book must be about both of them, so I am searching high and low for pictures and information about his sculptures. One of these days. :) Blessings

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