Josie was fascinated with my company logo, for reasons she never really said, but she peppered me with questions about it.
My company logo is interesting in that I created the image from an Italian Renaissance portrait of an aristocratic young lady...I took out the color,then hand colored her face, adding an eyepatch, etc.
Imagine my surprise when two months later, I find the portrait, and real person, shown in the necklace below.
This amazing (and unaltered by me!) painting is of Ana de Mendoza e de la Cerda, aka, the Princess of Eboli...a Spanish princess of high education, independant nature, and, in spite of the loss of her eye, a great beauty of her time.
(As you can see...)
Josie thought that was neat..., and last night, while trying to figure out how to use the amazing collapsable and tiny (working!) spyglasses I just recently, and greedily, snapped up...this over the top design came to me.
Here is the real Pirate Queen...the real Queen of the Briney Deep. Though she was not a real pirate in the Anne Bonny and Mary Read sense, her gorgeous and rakish countenance inspires.
My meditation of last night was on Josie....as I worked this design out, I chanted in my mind, over and over..."May the next be one of love and adventure...may the next be one of love and adventure"...and I think this necklace kinda personifies that..
I don't know how to give tribute, and I have this terror that this is in bad taste, when it's meant to be warm and weird. I am someone who, especially right now, is having a hard time expressing myself in words. So this is my tribute...For a woman who I know wished for more love and adventure in her life...for someone so much more passionate than most.
I will make another one of these this morning to sell, but this first one, I keep for myself. To remind me to risk loss for gain. To remind me to say yes more often.