Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fowl With Pearls

A few years ago, I was browsing in a shop and found the most
unusual, quirky card. It pictured a rabbit standing on its ears
in a storefront window, next to a mannequin, and a crowd
gathering outside. It was so wonderfully surreal. Seeing how
much I loved the card, the lady in the shop referred me to a book
by the artist, Michael Sowa, called Sowa's Ark. It is full of his
beautifully crafted works, which are absurd, and yet deeply
fascinating. His paintings have all the craftsmanship and qualities
of a fine art painting, which is part of the charm. My daughter
recently sent me this blank card, Sowa's "Fowl With Pearls",
with a few silly things written inside. I have it out on my bulletin
board and it gives me a chuckle every time I see it!


  1. There's such expression on that little face... I'm googling Sowa... thank you WM :)

  2. I just love this! :) You should post more Sowa in the future!

  3. Princess...Sowa is great! I think you will enjoy his work. :)

  4. Yes, Betsy, I think I will. I have several of his cards to share. He is the best! ;)

  5. Hello willow again... this is lovely :) Sowa rings a vague bell with me. Just seen you share my enthusiasm for Janet Frame and Lizbeth Zwerger too :) hooray.

  6. Rima, I started collecting Zwerger books when my children were young, and still do!

    Jane Campion made a wonderful film on the life of Janet Frame called Angel at My Table. You might like it.

  7. This sounds like a fascinating book; I may go looking for a copy.

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog.

    I also enjoyed your old family photos...sounds like your great grandparents are the same generation as my own grandparents....I love looking at old photos.

  8. Sara,

    Thanks for your nice comments. Yes, I love the old photos, too. They really put a face on history, don't they?

  9. I love Sowa's work, especially that crazy little pig that runs around with total joy after the sun comes down.

  10. I love her. I am having her framed to hang across from my office desk. I've named her Agatha and think she'll make nice company.
    A caption will read,
    "Screw him. I went to Jared's".


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