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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Shark Week Reruns

Happy Shark Week!

I haven't had much studio time this week because of long days (and nights) at school, and what time I've had I've spent working on two big pieces, so here's a postcard I made last year for my oldest son, Andrew. I'm also going to rreprint what his Aunt Ava wrote about him because that girl can really write. I think you'll enjoy this.

"In his adolescence, we'd hoped Andrew would channel his fascination with the sea into marine biology. I bought him scientific guides and thought he might go study at Woods Hole; Alberta dreamed of having birthed another Winslow Homer; Mr. Alberta speculated whether Andrew could develop a patent for fiber optic underwater cables or some such that would link the world and lead us to a liberal democracy modeled on Atlantis.

No. Instead, Andrew just waits all year for the Discovery Channel's Shark Week with the same giddy fervor with which Dutch children set out their wooden shoes in December. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before he trades in his August birthday for Shark Week presents, delivered in bubbles and adorned with algae.

Oh, it could be worse; Andrew could be encrusted with salt. He could be the Dread Pirate Roberts. He could make us watch The Little Mermaid over and over like his little brother did; he could make us all go live in a biodome under the sea. He could make us all miserable by simply talking like a sailor, and with Alberta for a mother, it's a wonder he doesn't anyway. But we love Andrew and his obsessions. To kick off this week, Alberta made him the above collage, I wrote him a poem, and Magenta and Amaryllis watched Jaws I, II, and III. But I'm a little worried. If his obsession grows, we're gonna need a bigger blog."

Thanks for the great challenge Sunday Postcard Art!

23 comments:

Dianne Q. Adams said...

What a beautiful and colorful card. I really enjoyed reading the words of your aunt!

Lori Saul said...

Very beautiful card and I so enjoyed your post- thank you for sharing your wonderful art and expressive letter!

indybev said...

Colorful card, and even more colorful description of the budding Jaques Cousteau! Both great fun.

Terri Kahrs said...

Can't tell you how much I enjoyed this post! Thanks for bringing back this gorgeous piece and for the story about Andrew. You've made my day!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Hella said...

Nice card. Beautiful colours

Sandy said...

Wow this is fantastic.
Really colorful. Love them.

Anni's Art said...

Wonderful card love the strong colors, and I enjoyed reading your post, thanks for sharing.

herminesplace said...

Beautiful, great mermaid

Kim Mailhot said...

It takes all kinds, and all kinds of celebrating ! Why not sharks ? Love the mermaid with an edge !
Happy Sunday !

Martina2801 said...

Terrific postcard, Alberta, beautifully created!

Taluula said...

Oh my goodness Alberta I love this vibrant colour combination so much, and your wonderful mermaid BUT most of all I like how you have personalised it with it's own unique story. Beautiful.

LiveArt said...

Your card is sooo gorgeous and colourful!! love it and the story to go with it!! Thanks for sharing!

Linda

Judy said...

Lovely painting, Alberta, thanks for sharing for your Aunt's words too!

Kris Dickinson said...

This postcard is terrific!

Betty said...

Wonderful card,and I enjoyed the post too.

Poetic Artist said...

Great color..You are the best at using bright colors..
love the post.
Katelen

Annes Art said...

Beautiful postcard Alberta!!

*jean* said...

delightful! i have those kinds of boys in my house....only one of them is 58!! aaahhh, the sea and all the wonders it holds, what's not to like???

lovely sister post...lucky man/boy

Cindy McMath said...

Such a fun card - I enjoyed reading the post too. Love the mermaid's stripey tail!

Cindy :)

Marit said...

OH.MY!!! Love the card and love the story - but we don't walk on wooden shoes anymore overhere - just thought you should know ;)

Rosie said...

Beautiful, vibrant and so appropriate! I love the tale of Andrew... bless! I have a morbid fascination for sharks too! Go Andrew!! =))

libbyquilter said...

a fabulous card and really great to read the posted words that you included~!~ definately brought a smile to my face~!!~

:)
libbyQ

Ozstuff said...

Wonderful, magical postcard. Your little Mermaid seems to be getting ready to launch a missile! I love Ava's tribute to your son. Her writing is superb.