my mom is basically awesome. she proved this status yet again when i was home last week. she pulled out a box from her basement that contained my most prized past friends. they had been hiding, seemingly long forgotten, but now have been brought back to life! i am really excited to paint them. i was surprised how emotional i became after seeing them again after all these years. it reminded my why i've been drawn to paint this type of subject matter; our bond to objects can be very powerful and is worthy of exploring.