I can also say that I have done only minimal housework
- bathrooms and kitchen all sparkly and inviting
- laundry accomplished
While going through my closet that holds more art supplies than clothing I unearthed a little paper mache box I did several years ago.
In doing so I thought about the artist whose work I collaged on to the box and it prompted me to
share some thoughts and info on him.
An extraordinary Flemish painter whose work is vivid, symbolic,
and even terrifying
in a time when his peers stayed within the realm of
peacefulness and serenity.
His work, surreal....morbid,
is the type of art that you have to study so carefully
and even then you will always find something new in his pieces.
Like a bad accident that you don’t want to really look at,
and yet you can’t help yourself……I look at his work,
appalled and yet drawn to his imagination and technique.
I cannot look for long periods of time, or even that often,
but this was a man who could fit in today’s art scene quite easily.
I collaged this paper mache box back in 2001.
Front - hinged top open
inside painted black
One side view
I had just begun altering items that year
and creating pieces to swap on Yahoo Art Groups.
I thought I would give it away, but never seemed able
or willing to part with it.
Unusual for me.
It has moved with me four times since then
and today I take it out of my closet and study it once again.
I think this little box symbolizes a strange time in my life.
And like Bosch's work
I can only look back on that time
in short intervals. I don't stay there long.
It was a bad relationship that never should have been, really.
A poor choice on my part resulting in needless emotional pain.
(In conversation to myself I typically say: "What WERE you thinking?!")
Something I feel I did to myself while stumbling through an uneasy
and unfamiliar place in my life.
This odd box reminds me
of a curiously bizarre time
and the result is gratitude for all that I learned
about friendships through that time...
about how strong I really am...
and the importance of listening to that small voice
and heeding 'red flags'
I have previously shared here with you my discovery
and love of Metromint water
This is their latest addition to the line
May I just say
If you crave the taste of chocolate
but don't really want to eat any
and feel quite thirsty
this little gem fits the bill.
$1.65 at a local gourmet store it's not cheap
It is flavored with chocolate mint essence
zero calories no sweetener of any type
just water with essence