Domino – Odometer
People talk about “turning 60 ” or whatever age and I have always thought of that like a car odometer wherein the digits slowly turn into position to give increasing readings. So I painted this stamp with that idea in mind. I was in Santa Fe for my 60 th birthday and went to the main post office where I asked the clerk if he could hand stamp my pigeon? With that he handed me the postmark stamp and invited me to do it. I think he was afraid of messing up the artwork. What he didn’t tell me that the stamped was just freshly inked and leaked besides. I pressed it down firmly and then pulled it up and to my horror – the ink had leaked all over the one side. I took it, threw it in a mail slot in the lobby and walked outside —- sick to my stomach.. I should have done a trial stamping on a scrap piece of paper. But now looking back now, I treasure it — it graphically demonstrates the unpredictability of life : ) To further reinforce that — somewhere in its return flight to me, the envelope was torn on the bottom edge and then taped by the postal system.
by me in Santa Fe 10-30-2010