I fell for this painting for its colors and because I immediately thought the girl portrayed was me. That was the color and length of my hair in my 20s, and I have always envisioned myself as a free spirit who would dance by the light of the moon.
Since Gemma is from Arizona, she was probably drawing her vision of some desert landscape. But when I look at it (especially after I received it), I see myself standing on our short-grass prairie with one of southwestern North Dakota's landmark buttes in the background. (It could be Black Butte near Regent.)
Do you see something else? I didn't see it at first - and Gemma DID NOT add it deliberately. Another reader of Gemma's blog spotted it. See it now? It's a hand - with the thumbnail on the left and the forefinger on the right, holding up the lady.
Somehow, unconsciously, Gemma gave this lady a hand to support her when she falters. Such are the powers of art! Gemma, I love it better in person - even without the moon and the first evening star (via the magic of computers, she darkened the edges and added the moon and star when she posted the picture.)
Looking at that girl in the painting who could be me, I wonder where that girl went. That girl who:
Danced by the light of the moon.
Read poetry aloud.
Made snow angels in the park. At midnight.
Waded in a Colorado stream in her underwear (navy blue set that passed for a swim suit).
Wore bell bottom jeans.
Did "the butterfly" mime.
Picked the petals off a daisy.
Had a black light.
Daydreamed about the Beatles.
Looked for shooting stars.
Watched for shapes in clouds.
Knew all the radio hit songs.
Had long, long hair and then cut it into a pixie haircut.
Dressed like a bohemian.
Stayed out all night talking and watched the sun come up.
Made things from macrame.
Wore a silver ring with fleurs-de-lys.
Went to avant garde films.
Flew a kite.
Sported a peace sign.
Clipped pretty, romantic pictures to put on my bulletin board.
Went to bonfires on the beach.
Played Frisbee in the rain and mud.
Wore a floppy felt hat and a fringed suede jacket.
Had goals and dreams.