I've been thinking, over the past week or so, about what to submit for this year's Art from the Heart show. (Because I always do things to deadline and not a day before...
...which isn't a choice, necessarily, but it is how I operate.)
The first year, I did three HUGE macro photos of mushrooms. They were the best that I could do, my camera, the forest.
But they didn't sell and I couldn't afford, the second year, to spend as much money on printing/framing.
So I changed my focus a bit and did what felt like a triptych. The images were scans that juxtaposed household objects with some natural counterpoint.
Pink ribbons and Manitoba Maple seeds.
A tiny ceramic crucible, face down, and half a stinkhorn egg.
And they sold, which doesn't mean anything except that I had proof that one person liked the images.
This year, I was a bit torn. I had a few scans I really liked, but nothing that felt balanced as a trio. I had a handful of good macro pics but I didn't want my images, as a group, to (only) shout: REALLY BIG MUSHROOMS.
Because not everyone grooves on mushrooms the way I do. (The silly fools...)
So I found three images, scans AND photos, that seemed to be on speaking terms. And I made M process them when he should have been renouncing anything work-like, because I'm like that.
And now I just have to get them mounted. Hopefully I'll have time to get them mounted in time for art drop-off day, but if not, I can always get M to do it again.
While I fret.
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Oh! I almost forgot. This was one of the scans that didn't make it into the final three.
But I liked it enough to post it here, so...here's its provenance:
The squash is from the Roland Pumpkin Festival, which I attended every year with my dear friend Tessa when I was fancy-free. Now I go every year with M and Aa and always hope to spend some time rubbing shoulders with Tessa and her various initials.
The cufflinks are from M's infamous grandfather. That I never met. That I think I would have liked, most of the time, and thought was deranged the rest of the time. Which is only a feeling, based on meeting his sons and co-mingling genes with his grandson, but...
M's mum passed these to me, knowing my enjoyment of heavy frippery, with a lump in her throat.
And the ladybug carapace I found on my bedroom floor, the beetle having hidden somewhere on my person or on M as it tried to find somewhere warm for the winter.