Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The Mad Hattress
Mom is now alone, in an independent living facility just as far away from the main library branch. Mom’s mobility is curtailed by the situation (no Dad to drive her), and various health issues. Reading is her salvation. So, the day after we fly into visit her, we whisk her to, yep – you guessed it - the main library branch (minus the Country Buffet – we take her to Olive Garden now instead). The great thing is I get to be like one of those game contestants. I run around that amazing library and grab as many books as I can before Mom gets worn out picking out books for herself. Typically 15 to 20 minutes. I have found so many cool books to inspire my art and also ones to get me unstuck with a problem-some project.
This trip was no different. I found some great books on kimonos, cartooning, purses, hats, shoes and high fashion. I didn’t have the time I would have liked to peruse the books, but I quickly made some sketches and even did a couple quick watercolors. This is the first one I did. It was inspired from a small black and white picture from a newly arrived book on fashion: “Fashion Today” compiled by Colin McDowell. It is one of those coffee-table-sized books with large glossy pages that is heavy enough to be used as a boat anchor if was somehow rendered waterproof. It had a fun collection of fashions from the 50s onward. The inspirational photo was fun with the model wearing this enormous open wire hat. It was interesting how in this huge book of full page photos that this little one captured my attention. Perhaps it was the softly whispered phrase of “I’m late! I'm late! I'm late!” that caught my attention ;).