My daughter, Julia, is doing semester of
school in Perth, Australia. She left in June, and I won’t see again until at
least Christmas. Luckily, these days it’s a lot easier to stay in touch with
emails and Skype. In fact, when I went to write a letter to her, I realized I
had nothing new to share. So I decided that I would send art instead.
|The first two paintings.|
I took a piece of illustration board and
cut it into 5” x 5” pieces. I gessoed them and made a nice little stack in the studio. When I come in, I work on a board as a warm-up in
the studio. Sometimes they are representational, sometimes abstract, but they
are always fun to complete.
|If she reads the blog, she'll know what's coming next.|
|I did this one today, it's a pixel squid.|
I mailed the first one with no note,
figuring that it would be more mysterious and interesting that way. I got a
thank you email when it arrived. But I have been mailing a new painting every
Thursday, a routine I maintained even when I went off to Montreal. I believe that
the mail service is rather changeable, and they all arrive on different days. And I suspect one envelope has gotten lost. Julia wrote yesterday to say that her roommates, all guys, are rather jealous.
They say she gets the most mail, and their moms don’t do anything like that. I
suspect their moms do more useful things, like supply food and host dinners,
but artist-moms are not always practical.
Julia has begun an art wall to display
|---to Perth, with love.|
Although Julia has already been going away to
university for many years now, Australia seems like it’s that much farther away, and accordingly, I miss her more. The art pieces are my way of saying that I'm thinking of her, always.