Sometimes I am amazed that the smaller the piece of artwork I create, the longer it takes. Yesterday afternoon, after 18 hours of labor, I finally finished this tiny, 8”x10” collage of three pink roses, past their prime, with their soft, droopy petals falling gracefully away from their centers. I used a simple piece of pre-drilled hardboard ($1.50), which I coated with gesso and spray-painted with black on the back. I coated the collage with two coats of glossy varnish, so it doesn’t need framing. It is lightweight and ready to hang. I will ask $50 for it.
If I sell the piece, I will have earned a ‘70s minimum wage. You might think I’m crazy, and maybe I am, but when I am working on these pieces, and when I look on them finished, sometimes I feel as if it were the ‘70s again, and I am in my 20s again, full of ideas and promise and potential. Time and past fall away, and I am wholly present in this parallel universe.