Size 21 inch x 16 inch (51cm x 41cm)
Thursday, 7 January 2021
All I wanted to do was to create a pair of red wellington boots.. So I did. Then I made a person wearing them and holding an umbrella. Okay, I needed rains to falling down on the umbrella. Perhaps a few puddles on the ground too… And finally this character decided to walk a duck-like animal on the leash for fun. One day, my landlady where I used to lived came over to the house and saw this picture on the wall. She grew quite fond of it which made me very flattered.
However, when I asked her 7 year-old daughter’s opinion, it was a totally different story. I was boasting inside of me thinking ‘this type of art should be sought after by children’. Nah!! Not at all. Her face frowned as she was shaking her head to the right and to the left and on and on. Then she whispered into her mother’s ears, I barely could hear. ‘We walk a dog, not a duck!!’, she was protesting. Ah, okay. Got it. Of course. Not a funny matter to her.
In fact, I felt as if I was scolded by her my attitude toward life in general. We must listen to them and respect their visions and insights as they are our teachers. They are much much wiser and we owe them a better world than ones we are living in now. By the way, before I came to the UK for the first time, one of my many send off gifts was a book called ‘Rules, Britannia’ written by Toni Summers Hargis (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, New York).
It’s been a long time since I read it so can’t remember if the word ‘wellies’ was in the book or not. Basically, the author is explaining how the Queen’s English differs from the American’s. And thanks to the book, I could have a smooth transition (well, sort of). It is definitely a myth, England = rainy everyday. Overcast, more than anything, but actual precipitation is less than in Japan I read somewhere. Again, my title is not an Italian, but it’s ok. This art piece pays respect for my beloved wellies and England.