Monday, November 19, 2007
Because my quirky little head doesn't always serve as well as I wish, I am a collector of tokens. I have them in cigar boxes, in the cabinet in my studio, taped in sketchbooks and in with my jewelry. I found a little plastic boy in my coat pocket a couple of nights ago. It was a gift from my friend Leann from a trip we had been on. It made me giggle, remembering when she gave him to me. I'm keeping that little plastic boy in that pocket so I can find it again. I also found a little figure that I had purchased in Spain when I was twelve. My family lived there for a while and I collected these little clay figures of witches and flamenco dancers etc. with my allowance. That token brought back a flood of memories. I have kept strange little things that remind me of my babies too. I don't know what I'm going to do with all of their baby teeth, maybe make a cool reliquary for them.
I love little tokens that remind me of how I feel/felt. Sometimes songs do that too. When I showed Dan the above painting he said she was, "strange and beautiful." Since then I have been humming the song, Strange and Beautiful, by Aqualung. Last winter I must have listened to that song a hundred times. Hearing it triggered memories, taking me back.
I still want to paint three more little paintings for this series and I have a list of love tokens that I could use but if anybody has any suggestions or good stories, feel free to comment.