Clean Washed Stars After Rain

My painting "Clean Washed Stars After Rain" is inspired by a paragraph in Chris's story "Whisper" about an incestuous relationship between a father and daughter. "Whisper" is available in Chris's collection Saying Secrets: American Stories. - J.B.
   
         
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We live in secret. No one comes to our house. We don't go out, except for necessities. He goes to work, when he works. I go to school. But the world outside this house and the tree-heavy property behind becomes less and less real or relevant. What I need is in this house and its simple wood-paneled rooms, in the patchy gold-green grass beside the back porch, in the odor of the wood cuttings and dirt outside. In the sun breaking through the morning branches and pouring through our window. In the autumn rain tinseling down from beyond the highest trees. In the clean washed stars after rain, in the music of the crickets and katydids in the luminous dark. In the not-quite-silent snow that whispers as it touches the roof and windows. All I need is here.

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From "Whisper" copyright © 2001 by Christopher Conlon