I've been painting for two hours without pause (man, the water got so dark) and my back is aching, and I have to wait for both of them to dry before I do more. So it's time for a quick break. I visited Liberality and found she'd tagged me as part of her triple Six Random Things Meme (triple because she was tagged three times and she did all three - 18 random things - I'm impressed). Unfortunately I can't follow the rules completely because almost all the people I blog follow also follow each other (kinda like a family) and so they've all tagged each other already. I'll tag a few people, but not six, I think.
So there are the rules - copied from Liberality's blog.
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
Six Random things - my goal is to find things I've never mentioned to anyone, including Moomin Light - she's the one I'd most like to entertain with these:
1. My hair started going gray when I was in my early twenties, and this accelerated around 27, when I became a father and work got a lot more complex and stressful. So the random thing is that I've always enjoyed being silver early - BUT I don't want my thick Hungaro-Italian mono-brow to turn gray. If it starts, I will be tempted to dye it. I doubt I'll do it, but the thought goes through my head. I might have told MLight this one...
2. I wear my red beret on walks, etc. but I have very complex feelings about this hat. I've already said that it's linked to childhood ideas of what an artist was, and how they looked, but I also have it mixed up with the Prince song Raspberry Beret and the idea that this is really a girl's hat, not a guy's hat. I wear it in part to thumb my nose at this overly gender conscious part of myself, and in part to please my color sweet tooth, and in part because it DOES seem to me to be what an artist would wear. It's what I wear, after all. I'm not sure I own anything else for which I have such a tangle of feelings.
3. I am thinking of naming my paint brushes - at least the three I use most often. Is that weird? Paul Klee named his engraving tools... And he seemed pretty sane.
4. I want to paint scenes where the rules are broken - and things are oriented whatever way I want (sideways, upside down, etc. - like Hundertwasser) - but I am having a hard time doing this. I push up against this, like a doorway I want to walk through but there is a soft pliable membrane blocking the way. The membrane is actually distended quite a bit into my "normal" artistic space, which is a sign to me that there is a lot of pressure behind there. I think I'm concerned about popping that bubble and what will pour into my inner world. I would like to do it today, but I have four days of meetings and conferences starting tomorrow, and I won't get to follow through. I'll have to get back to all of you on this one...
5. I am disappointed with my clothes. I want them to be as colorful as a harlequin's - reds, turquoise, violets, vivid greens, yellows so hot they cast light on surrounding objects, orange so pregnant and voluptuous that it simultaneously makes you crave and satisfies the craving just to look at it. Not only do I not own this kind of clothing, but I've never seen any of it anywhere. I have seen objects this colorful, but not clothing. And I doubt I'd have the cheek to wear this clothing if I owned it.
6. I dislike the points on the top of the tower of Duke Chapel - I can't figure out how I'd like them to be different, but I find them too tall, too thin, odd, owl-ear-like. I think I wish the top was a different shape entirely.
Tagging others (but I'm going to break rule #5 as well as rule #4, and if they see it here and want to do it, fine).
1. Moomin Light - hoping for 6 things I don't know...
3. Mary Stebbins Taitt
4. Genie Sea
Back to painting - they're dry, so I can get back in there...