This weekend, I’m going to create a painting entitled “My Life” in the spirit of seventieth-century Dutch still life painting known as a Vanitas.

These pictures often included skulls as a token of the inevitability of death, playing cards to represent excitement and chance, money bags for wealth (of which, I’m badly in need of right now), a rose as a symbol of love, and a watch to remind us of the transience and brevity of our lives. All of these objects are set against a backdrop of ruins with the encouraging motto, “All is vanity and chasing after the wind.”

And that just about sums up my life right now.

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