2010. Rusted Hearts – Warning: Objects may appear closer than they really are.
Collage on paper 9×12 inches
I feel hateful today and my throat is sore. Its very dark outside, raining in fact, which isn’t much different from most winter days in Portland. Possible snow mix this afternoon. I was drawing but every face I drew came out with an oversized head and mean eyes, so I gave that up. I’m going to read instead I think.
I went to the store yesterday and noticed that men were lined up six deep at the valentine card display; in frantic realization…..
I also saw an ancient woman wearing a full length fur coat (real fur) with the sleeves ripped out. I wonder if she got that coat 60 years ago as a valentine gift and later had a fit about something and ripped the sleeves out. I thought about asking her, but she was moving fast for an old woman. Maybe she had a valentine stashed in her pocket and needed to make a fast getaway.
My aunt once cut all the sleeves out of my uncles shirts and sport jackets, she cut the pants off too, so when he opened the closet all that was there were sleeveless sport jackets and very short suit pants. He was having an affaire.
I won a valentine drawing contest in the first grade. I drew a capital R and then I made it into a bride with a long white veil,her one eye suitably cast down. She carried a bouquet in her hand that showed – since she was made from a capital R she was in profile and only one hand showed. I drew colored hearts three rows deep around her, with a blue sky in the background, and big red hearts in the corners. There was no groom, not even a capital R one.
I once put vinegar in my husband’s aftershave, but I don’t think it was valentine’s day.
I sent my beautiful grandson a handmade valentine and a funny faced koala bear which he spent long minutes introducing to his other stuffed animals, saying each of their names and hi, how are you and holding out their paws to each other. The koala bear’s name is eucalyptus – what else?