Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Part Anna/Part Amaryllis

Reese and I drove to Austin yesterday for the opening of the Austin Community College student art exhibit, in which our Anna has a piece! Here, Anna and I are posing in front of Anna's copper plate lithograph. She described the process several times, but I still don't understand. It's very complicated.

The name of the piece is "Parts." She has drawn various bicycle parts and equally random body parts and combined them in one drawing in and around each other....quite specific with the details. It's modern with a hint of the ancient -- almost da Vinci-esque, especially with regard to da Vinci's medical journal drawings.

This morning when I let Skipper in the back yard, I noticed these gorgeous amaryllis'. My mother-in-law Elise gave me this plant years ago, but never before has it bloomed (in our garden) like this. The story (without proper reference) was that it came from a Texas farm near Giddings. Elise's father's boss hosted a spring picnic every year. One year, the boss's wife dug some bulbs up and gave the amaryllis to Elise's mother (Grammy) who grew it in her garden. Grammy eventually dug up some bulbs and gave it to her daughter (my mother-in-law) who grew it in her garden. Elise gave one bulb to me when I was a more diligent gardener than now. There's not enough to share yet, but some day I'll pass it along, too. There's a little more to the story than that....but I can't quite place the small bit of paper on which the specifics are recorded.

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