This is a print of an early drawing of Leonardo’s that I bought when I was 16 years old (probably only a few years younger than he was when he drew this). I got it in the gift shop of the Uffizi gallery in Florence and it’s been rolled up in a tube ever since. I’ve carried her with me from house to house for—
…well, for half a lifetime, really.
Just the other week I had her framed and, somehow, it was the perfect moment.
My tiny studio has been steadily accumulating talismans, totems, and charms. Everywhere I look there are mementos full of meaning. Stories fill the nooks and crannies.
And, so far, there’s still room for me.
|*wee Ben c. 1995|