Thursday, October 01, 2009

Each autumn Myrtle Burstein felt the urge to run away from home. She packed her suitcase over and over but never went any where.


The idea for this painting came from several sources. It started forming in my mind when my mom shared a funny childhood story about how when she was a young girl, she had a blue suitcase that she kept packing with the intent of running away from home but never did because she couldn't figure out where she would go. I did a rough sketch at the time and then recently read a John Cheever story where he told about how children will pack the oddest assortment of things when they planned to runaway from home.

4 comments:

Jessica - Domestic PDX said...

I love everything about this painting, Vivienne -- the colors, the composition, the great story. Nice work!

Loudlife said...

Vivienne - This is awesome! I, too, used to pack to run away all the time when I was a little girl (oddly enough, in a round, zipper topped, blue suitcase!). This brought those days to my mind immediately.

Excellent work - as always!

Jane Gallagher / Hostler said...

why wouldn't you need a hammer a giraffe and a skipping rope?

(love the cat at the window)

vivienne strauss said...

thank you Jessica, Loudlife & Jane!