I originally tried to get Carisa to buy it but $365 for a picture of two donkeys
staring each other down would be a bit much for anyone.
Monte and I really liked it and vowed to paint one ourselves once our addition was complete.
Monte felt it summed up marriage in a single work of art.
No words needed.
Well, that time came last week.
I bought a pack of poster boards so we could feel free to make mistakes.
I just grabbed the paint I had and mixed colors to get what I wanted.
We did a pencil sketch first, each drawing one mule.
Monte decided that “muleart” is what
this form of art should be called.
A little classier than “donkey art”
as my autocorrect keeps trying
to change “muleart” to.
We outlined the sketches with black paint.
I tried to do the spots on my mule like the expensive painting but it ended up looking like some sort of medieval executioner hood.
Not the vibe I was going for at all,
since you know,
the summarization of MARRIAGE,
so I erased them.
Monte’s brother said my mule reminded him of a character from a Kevin Henkes book.
Which are all mice.
So I have a mouse mule vibe going out.
I had to fight Monte to put any definition of a pupil in his mule’s eye.
Without it, there was a possessed-mule-back-from-the-dead kind of vibe,
which would’ve changed the entire tone of the painting for sure.
I hope no one’s muleart could be best defined by
Especially one that’s trying to scare
Chrysanthemum, for the love of Pete.
Monte’s mule is still giving my mule a pretty stiff stink eye.
But I love the bewildered look of,
that my mule is sending out.
Says a lot about our marriage.
I decided to use a barn wood frame that my dad made for our finished muleart.
While our builder, Paul, was over last week with the painter, Chuck, doing touch-ups, I asked the best way to hang the picture and next thing you know, I was sitting on the sectional telling BOTH of them to move it “just a teence to the right”.
I’m going to miss them SO MUCH.
Paul asked if Monte painted it.
After I said yes and before I could say that I painted part of it too,
he wanted to know why Monte drew my mule
giving his mule such a stink eye.
Says a lot about our marriage,
Before Paul left, he said he wanted to commission Monte for three more paintings since,
“It won’t take him more than 7 minutes for all three of them!”
Then he laughed and laughed.