14 February 2010

Happy New Year / Happy Valentine's Day

My dear, sweet roommate left these for me this morning to wake up to.
She's the best.
 Last night, we painted quietly together, listening to Jolie Holland, and I painted a lemon, for good luck (which was according to no tradition at all haha, I'm pretty sure it's clementines that are good luck, but I wanted to paint a lemon)... today marks the beginning of the Year of the Tiger!  I love new beginnings.  And the tiger is appropriate for this year of new adventures for me, I'm going to need as much bravery as I can get.
I also painted two avocados, which for me equal love, and NPR agrees.  Yum.
This little guy was my favorite from the evening, but I didn't get a very good picture.

Last, a couple things to share with you:
<3 Eve Ensler gives a great TED talk about V-Day and the Vagina Monologues
<3 A lovely little print-out of hearts over here
<3 And a finally, a poem:
Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy
Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.


  1. Love that poe.. lots of thought went into it.. and love your paintings. Glad I found your blog.

  2. um, wow, there seem to be a lot of avocado paintings that aren't in my room...

  3. ahhh...jolie holland :) what painting inspiration! LOVE the artwork as well!


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