Under the Sea…

…there’s artwork for meeeeeee. (Do you have an earworm stuck in your head now? :-) )

So, a while back I went to an art exhibit opening reception at this gallery. While I was there, a red-haired mermaid called my name. “You neeeeeed me,” she called. “You waaaaaant me. You know I was meant for youuuuuuu.” Despite the strength of her siren song, I resisted and left without her, but her call followed me home. She was very loud and insistent. Charming-yet-pushy, if you know what I mean.

I tried to ignore her. I told myself all the sensible things about how it would be frivolous to spend money on art when our budget is pretty tight right now, and about how I didn’t really know where I’d put her when nearly every wall of my house is already covered in photos, or paintings, or quilts. I swear I did. Yet somehow the next day I found myself back at that gallery, talking to the gallery owner (who also happens to be the artist who created this particular piece) about a layaway plan. And yesterday I went straight from getting my paycheck to making the final payment on my new charming-yet-pushy, red-haired mermaid mosaic.

Meet Gina LolaMermaid, by Brenda Flynn:

Gina LolaMermaid

Isn’t she pretty? And along two sides of the canvas, where you can’t see it in the photo is a quote I love by Satchel Paige that says, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?” I think today I’d be 33, but who knows about tomorrow. :-)

I still have absolutely no idea where she’ll end up living, but I’ll make room for her someplace. She makes me smile, and I’m glad I listened to her song instead of listening to my sensible side. Who needs groceries anyway. Ppppffftt.

Here’s today’s Daily Art Thang (by me, that is), which continues the underwater theme.

underwater garden

“Underwater Garden 2″ (Both photos are clickable if you want to see them larger in a new window.)

10 Responses to “Under the Sea…”

  1. on 11 Apr 2008 at 7:54 am Brenda

    Your mermaid is beautiful. If she ever needs a vacation, you can always send her to Copacabana.

  2. on 11 Apr 2008 at 1:38 pm JC

    Wow, really cool mermaid! She does seem to suit you.

  3. on 11 Apr 2008 at 2:30 pm Rebecca in SoCal

    You know, we’ve been warned about the siren’s song…apparently they come in the form of mermaids, too.

    Feed your soul!!

  4. on 11 Apr 2008 at 2:36 pm dragonfly

    That mermaid is SO you. What a lovely piece!!

  5. on 11 Apr 2008 at 6:43 pm Nellie

    Now that’s what art and our responsiveness to it is all about. Yeah for you and yeah for the artist. You are both big time winners.

    My husband and I will stand in front of piece in a gallery arguing about whether or not we should buy it even though we really like (love) it because all of our walls are FULL from ceilings to floors. Most likely we end up bringing it home and finding a place for it to be a part of our lives.

  6. on 11 Apr 2008 at 7:46 pm Sara

    I am so glad you gave in to your inner voice that wanted that beautiful mermaid…Congrats!!!

  7. on 11 Apr 2008 at 8:20 pm kathy

    yay for buying art! Groceries are for wimps.

  8. on 12 Apr 2008 at 12:45 am Caitlin O'Connor

    What a totally Deb mermaid! She was MEANT to come live with you!

  9. on 12 Apr 2008 at 8:31 am Connie

    That mermaid was meant to be with you. Way to go!

  10. on 12 Apr 2008 at 11:24 pm Morven

    A mermaid with red hair AND a turquoise coloured shell bra? But of course she had to come home with you. Groceries are definnitely overrated.