Saturday, September 21, 2013

in a basket of plastic animals

 This morning I found this plastic giraffe for $1.50 at Rodney's Bookstore, which is an amazing used and rare bookshop that sells a lot of strange, miscellaneous items and makes prints of vintage ads and posters. Also, they are named after a very handsome dog named Rodney who looked just like my old dog O'Malley. It's one of my favorite places to go; I always find something, and usually not what I was expecting to find.
Anyway, I was so excited when I saw this giraffe because it was as though he had stepped out of my most recent painting. While the coincidence isn't remarkable, it is the first time I've found an object that so closely resembled something I'd just painted since 2008.
Right after I finished "The Escapist," I found this red horse with my mom at Fairground Antiques in Keene, New Hampshire. This case did seem remarkable because while painting this particular piece, I had been enamored with the idea of a toy, plastic red horse. To find one upon completion of the painting felt somewhat extraordinary. Right after finding the horse, I found the biplane. 
These items, especially the horse, are special to me because that painting is very special to me - I made it in honor of Anne Frank, whose diary I read first at age 11 and have read several times since.
I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!
xo, Amanda

1 comment:

A Painted Journey said...

Oh my gosh, I just love this post! Serendipity is definitely at work! I was so hoping to see a photo of Rodney! You know I would adopt another dog just like Malley in a heartbeat. He was such a special guy, wasn't he?... Love, Mommy