Your Tatoo

Your Tattoo

I have a vein that goes in a complete circle, just like the woman in this painting.  (She's me in some ways, and a stranger in others, thus the different references you'll read as you read on.)  I described the  vein to a guy I had a crush on and he grimaced!  My circle vein grossed him out!  Did I mention he was a surgery resident?  So, I started this painting, a self-portrait, of sorts, and I put myself in a bathing suit so I could show off the vein.  That vein, and the  farmer's tan are celebrations of the quirky parts of me that make me who I am.  And the Birkenstocks.  I've had people tell me that they are the ugliest shoes imaginable, but just the sight of them can make me smile - they are so comfortable!  The black pool is more serious,  because the other side of this painting is grief.  Most of it is for a relationship that didn't work out the way I wanted it to.  The title is from a Tori Amos song called Cloud On My Tongue.  You should listen to that song when you view this piece - then you'll understand that look on the woman's face.  







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