I wanted to leave the previous post alone because I think the poem is so powerful. It was written by the model in the pastel drawing above. She is a long time friend who has modeled for me many, many times. She has also photographed me several times. She is my muse in many ways, and I am completely grateful for her in my life.
For this picture, I'd asked her to come model for me just for fun way back in 2003, I think it was. She came with props including a bag of pistachio shells. She lay down on the blue sheet I had on the radiantly-heated floor and poured the shells all over herself. What a great image! She is incredibly creative.
I included the drawing in Scar Series because she has stretch marks on her belly from giving birth. She is quite petite but had a 10 pound baby and another one whose weight I can't remember. She earned every one of those stretch marks!
Since 2003, this model has gone on to become a poet of national renown, so I feel very honored to have one of her poems written about this piece. Em Ennar is a pen name, by the way, so you won't find it if you Google it.
I am so blessed by all the generous people in my life who have modeled for me and made my artwork possible. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.