I’ve decide to do a little watercolor of each thing I love and write the story of how I got it (or made it), and why I keep shlepping it from coast to coast, house to house, through my meandering life. This is a way for me to pass along my art with the merest of storage requirements.
It should take quite a long time for me to paint everything, which is as it should be, as I intend to enjoy all this stuff for years to come. But perhaps it will be easier for me to let it go when eventually I will have to if I’ve made a record of it.
I’ve started out with a 9 x 12 size, which I can reduce in PhotoShop to whatever I like if I want to print it out. It’s just hard to paint on anything smaller when I’m doing large objects.
My first experiment is a bowl my own mother made when she was a girl. A singer who mostly makes music, she rarely produced anything else in the way of art, so this is a rare treasure. I can’t remember when she gave it to me, but I’ve had it for at least fifteen years. I love the rich deep glaze and treasure it especially because I don’t think that I have any thing else she has made–the things she sewed for me when I was younger unfortunately no longer fit me. The bowl is signed on the bottom, without at date, “Ruth Enss.”
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