Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Dana gave me a great idea. Post a bit of story for the piece of work added.
'Grandparent' is an acrylic fingerpainting, not formatted great for digital. Still learning. Folks seem to like this hanging around though.
Landing on my feet after the 90's, I'd somehow gotten brave enough to take an art class at the Newport campus of Chemeketa. There was one art teacher there, and he was pretty amiable, creative and talented. He encouraged us in a bunch of directions. Painting with our fingers was one.
I remember feeling freed by this and contentedly used my fingers to copy a cherished old postcard that has resided on every fridge I have owned or rented since it came in snailmail back in the early 80's.
A lot was going on in those years, you can imagine. Back when people got personal things in an actual mailbox fairly often. And I was curious and friendly, I knew a lot of people. One day I got this postcard with this amazing face on it, and pure poetry on the back- beautiful calligraphy.
The message is about being true to oneself and letting go and most importantly not being afraid of death.
I have my suspicions but I am not sure still who sent it, and I also am not sure if the wise person pictured is female or male, but it has long since ceased to matter. The older I get, the more it means to me.
A great thank you to You who took the time to send this to me.