Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday Mimisms ~ with Mimi Picasso?

She still liked blooms
even in the deepest shades

and long ago on a wild day of palettes
precarious strokes of unbridled
she smattered
a bit
on a

too young
to know
her work wasn't masterful

too young
to care
her work wasn't masterful

but today when she found it
hidden behind an old garage door

she liked it

she liked the unadulterated
curves of a girl

falling into shades of the deepest deepest
oh what a wild mess she was
that girl
she liked the way the words brushed
the petals
and dips that go nowhere

she liked that the shades were
not shaded at all
and the table
and tilting
so wrong

and waiting


on the cusp of her life
at the start
never die

oh she liked the sway of the woman
in the mind of the girl
and the dark in the part
she kept
to her

in a place no one saw

the sprout of
wild colors
an imperfect heart

she liked herself spilling

Footnote: My niece found the watercolor at an auction sale a few years ago. But didn't realize until after she'd purchased it and looked at the back, that her Aunt Mimi had painted it in 1970. I'd given it as a gift to a sweet lady in my church way back in the day, painted a set of oils for my boyfriend's mother for Christmas and never painted again. I miss it. However rudimentary my skills, I remember the smell of the paint and the carefree way I splashed it on - just for me. My niece wrapped it up that year and gave it to me for Christmas. It was a most wonderful surprise - for both of us!
I stopped painting after I grew up and moved away. I wonder why.
I think it would feel good to splatter colors on a canvas again.

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Durward Discussion said...

Just for the record, I would hang any of those on my wall tomorrow. Sometimes innocence is more beautiful than the most practiced of art.

Mimi Lenox said...

Jamie - That is most appreciated.
Thank you.
I think what struck me the most when I found thisagain yesterday were the innocent strokes and the hopefulness in my heart of bright colors - it seemed to come out of nowhere at the time.

Oh I think that girl is still emerging....

Ferd said...

I want them on MY wall!!!
I'll fight Jamie for them!!! Or at least do some rock-paper-scissors!!!

Beautiful, Mimi!!!
Just another fascinating facet of the precious gem you are!

Mark In Mayenne said...

What an amazing chance, to find the painting back in your hands again. A message from young Mimi to older Mimi.

Unknown said...

Yes, Mimi. I feel it would be grand for you to paint again.

Akelamalu said...

They're lovely Mimi and how wonderful that your neice should come across them and get them back for you. :)

bazza said...

I started doing watercolours again last year after decades and found it very rewarding.
You should take up painting again because these are rather lovely.

The Gal Herself said...

How cool is it that your niece "discovered" you?!? I'm not surprised that you can paint, since this blog packs so much visual punch. If you miss it, I encourage it you to pick up the palette again. Maybe you need something more hands on than a camera and photoshop. Maybe painting will feel like the visual equivalent of getting your hands dirty in your garden.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Sorry folks..I am a BEEEEEE an I want them...

Now Mimi, do not make me sting you

And I love that your niece found it without even knowing it was yours!

Anonymous said...

I am entranced by your words, captured by your painting, and amazed at how it came back into your possession. There are no coincidences....

j said...

I LOVE the story behind this! How amazing that your niece liked your painting and bought it and what a gift to find out that YOU had painted it!

It was a beautiful painting Mimi. Maybe you'll pick it up once again?

Have a wonderful day!

Patti said...

Beautiful artwork, Queen Mimi. So vibrant and colorful! I looks like it was created by a happy person.

I love how your niece found it and gave it back to you.

LIke Dawn said, there are no coincidences.

Patti said...

* It looks like I meant

Finding Pam said...

I agree that it is a lovely painting and that you should start painting again.

But I wonder how did it come to be in a garage sale? What was that lady thinking? Or maybe she died and her family could not see the beauty of your strokes.

Lovely painting and lovely words.

Mimi Lenox said...

Ferd - Nice of you to say.
You are so funny.

Mimi Lenox said...

Cogitator - The message is clear. So many things going on in my life right now. Perfect timing to resurrect this desire.

Mimi Lenox said...

Nick - Well, it would be fun. Don't you have an artistic streak?

Mimi Lenox said...

Akelamalu - I was blown away by the Christmas surprise. It was so touching!

Mimi Lenox said...

Bazza - Thank you. I think I remember you saying once on your blog how you loved to paint...or am I imagining that?

Mimi Lenox said...

Gal - Sometimes I think the camera wants to capture those things my fingers want to paint.

Mimi Lenox said...

Bond - Bzzzzz!
Her finding it is the best part of this story!

Mimi Lenox said...

Dawn - No. None.
I believe that.

Mimi Lenox said...

Jennifer - Maybe I will! Thank you. I'm thinking something a peace globe.

Mimi Lenox said...

Patti - Thanks so much. The happy colors stand out to me now. Suits my current frame of mind.

Mimi Lenox said...

Pam - The lady was deceased and her things were being sold. It made me wish I'd kept up with her better than I did in her later years.

Travis Cody said...

What a wonderful gift. I enjoyed art classes when I was in high school. I had a modest talent at drawing, mostly sketching a free hand copy of some other work.

That's another thing I'd like to do at some point in my life. I'd like to have a studio some day in which I can write or play music or draw, depending on my mood of the day.

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