Above: Envelope (9 x 12 inches) in which I sent the the love letter to the show discussed below. Rubberstamp letters, rubberstamp image, color pencil and white gel pen. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
Groveland Gallery has an invitational group show this summer called "Love Letters from Artists." It will run from June 12 to August 15, 2015.
I'm excited to announce that I was asked to participate in this show by writing a love letter.
We were told we could "draw, write, paint, weave, paste, fold, print" what was in our hearts. And the letter could be addressed to anyone "near or far away (another galaxy)…" It just had to fit in a 9 x 12 inch envelope and be less than 1/4 inch thick.
Friends know I'm not very demonstrative. Maybe some readers have even caught on.
Yeah, I'm pretty cold.
I thought about the project for several days. I thought, "How would I write a love letter to someone?" "What really would be important to me to convey?
No, I did not write a letter to Charles Dickens!
After a couple days of making lists and doodling, I decided to use this opportunity to tell Dick, and the world, exactly what I think of him, in no uncertain terms.
OK, I don't think there were any surprises for Dick when he saw the finished letter, before I packed it off, but he can be inscrutable.
Here's the thing about love letters, they tell us about the person writing the letter. They tell us what that person's world view is. They tell us how his personal hierarchy of emotions is jerry-rigged through his life's experiences. They let us read her character.
So if you have been reading my blog and ever wondered what makes me tick interpersonally—well now is your chance to view the most intimate and honest part of my life all on one simple piece of paper.
I could not have written a letter like this to anyone else but Dick. I have never felt this way about anyone else but Dick. Now the "whole world" will know. I don't regret it one bit.
He said, "Yes, that is a letter only you would send to me." And he was hugging me and laughing, when he said that, so I think I succeeded.
Because that's the other thing about love letters, they tell us what the writer thinks is the "soft-underbelly" of the addressee. That emotional button of vulnerability they can push, to achieve a desired outcome. It's a dance, with the steps documented in the letter, ready-made for the enjoyment of profilers.
Come and see all the love letters for yourself. They are for sale!
There will be an opening on Friday, June 12, 5-8 p.m. The show will wrap up with a closing party on Saturday, August 15, 2-5 p.m.
(Don't worry, if you are out of town and can't attend the show, I'll post my letter on my blog, after the show closes. You will have to wait until then. That's the other thing about letters, we always used to have to wait.)