Saturday, April 28

Dorothy Parker

My friend Eva reminded me today of the great Dorothy Parker.
So here's a little poem of hers, by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

I'm making a doll at the moment, with legs and arms and buttons for eyes. And a little quilted tote bag of which I'm very proud. Oh I wish I had my camera allready..

Today there was a woman in the shop, who I know because she is a painter here in Ostend. And quite a good one. She paints only ships in stormy seas. And her name is Yasmina. I was making a needle felted bird when I heard a woman's voice ask me something. When I looked up, there she was. One of the most beautiful older women I've seen. She used to be a model, and although she must be like 70 years old, she still got those exquisite looks, way of talking and charisma. We talked about wool and needle felting, and then about painting and drawing. I told her I liked her work - and I do, I even tried to contact her some years ago, but I was too shy then to talk to her.
She opened her bag, and she took out a small poster of her next exhibition. She told me that I could have it, and then she took out that same bag a very stylish pen, and with that pen she signed the small poster with her name. Especially for me! I was so proud. Then, when she left I thanked her for that sweet gesture of hers. She turned around and said : 'Everything for artists, we're one family.'
My God, she is amazing!

And it's true again, that no matter what age, or gender.. friends DO recognize eachother..


Here's a drawing I made before,

And here's a little song for Eva, and all the other girlfriends in my life who live on starfish and coffee..


  1. oooh, i love it! these vids make me want to drink, coffee, smoke cigs, dance around the house to Prince and write poetry! Starfish and coffee, how did you know? That was my breakfast exactly!

    that woman sounds lovely. i know what you mean about recognizing people. I did a video about Mail Art recently and totally recognized this woman named Delia who had such a spark for life that it felt like we had known each other forever!

    to quote our best buddy Anais Nin from a letter she wrote to Henry Miller:

    Anais on March 26, 1932

    I love when you say all that happens is good, it is good. I say all that happens is wonderful. For me it is all symphonic., and I am so aroused by living - god, Henry, in you alone I have found the same swelling of enthusiasm, the same quick rising of the blood, the fullness, the the fullness ...
    Before, i almost used to think there was something wrong. Everybody else seemed to have the brakes on. [...] I never feel the brakes. I overflow. And when I feel your excitement about life flaring, next to mine, then it makes me dizzy.
    (LP p.36)

  2. I wish you had your camera too! I can't wait to see the things you're making.
    That's quite special, what happened with you and that woman. I wish things like that would happen to me!
    You have such a unique style of drawing, I love it. You should try to get freelance work in that, for magazines and such.

    But actually, I was going to tell you that I'm nearly finished with your package. I hope you'll love it! It's a choatic full box. I just need to finish off something I made you and I'm ready to send!

  3. Oh, that's wonderfull! I'm almost ready too! I'm very good these days at making small but many little presents! :) I love it!