Above: Copyright belongs to the artist, India Richer. Hence, her pretty watermark. Pounce on the rabbits to see the full painting.
"A hip, hip lady" - Slater on the First Lady
Oh Slater, how I wish I had your talent for smoove brevity.
India Richer is the coolest.
I arrived at my desk and out of the blue saw something from India-
a handwritten note that made me place my hand on my heart and smile,
and a limited edition print that she knew I'd like.
Let me just say...a few years ago, she surprised me with a gift of an original painting, which was one of the most beautiful objects I'd ever been given. That was my very first India Richer piece, back in 2007 or 2008. I think I've felt bonded to her ever since. Since then, she's given me several gifts. I eventually purchased a couple of prints of her art, but, I feel I could never repay her for the things she's done for me as an artist or friend. She has become some sort of wolf-sister-doe in the forest of my life. I'll show you more of her work another day and then you'll understand more about her.
I'll be framing and hanging this image. But for a moment, I placed it atop an object, in order to share it with you.
I would never put any pin holes in her thick cotton paper...
Mine are wooden hand-painted milk bottles made by a very special person. Do you think it's odd of me to get excited by push pins? I know it's a tiny item, but I guess your standard thumb tack, in my opinion, can cheapen the look of a room. Using my special pins on the calendar by the window makes me think of "handmade" instead of "mass-produced" and "artist's studio" instead of "Office Supply Superstore" and reminds us that utilitarian details in our homes can still be stylish. They aren't baby bottles by the way; they are the kind of bottle that the milk man delivered to your door before the 1960s. I have a few real milk bottles in the house as well. Very farmhouse. I love them.
* I hope a new camera some day helps me capture these interiors, in such a way as to make my heart sing.
Today we have some January afternoon light which will have to do! If you're trying to identify what else is on the wall, those are some French/Icelandic wool lights; a porcelain jellyfish floats near a window; and there is a limited edition wall calendar by artist Julianna Bright.
I'll not dissect India's work at all; she's simply a wonderful person and a skilled, inspired artist. There's a purity and a strength about her and I'm honored that she's part of my life.
The original drawing was made of watercolor paint and graphite pencil.
You see a young woman in red shoes;
she's extending towards wild rabbits in their borough;
her hair spills softly on the ground.
There is a ladder at the ready.
For more info on this New York based artist, visit: www.indiaricher.com