As evidenced in Charley’s paintings, vibrant color provides an undeniable sense of life and joy. Taking time off from a youtube marathon of old Debbie Reynolds interviews, this Christmas I embellished a magenta Madonna found laying around the apartment. The holy virgin is now displayed in the hallway transom flanked by vintage Radko presidential ornaments. By conspicuously coupling the holidays I can keep the installation up until mid-February. If not longer.
Christmas is a time for thinking of others including my friends Daryl and David in Palm Springs. They have over 1500 ornaments and about 250 garlands to put on their tree(s). All by Christopher Rothko. Actually it’s Radko but their works cost about the same.
I’m living proof that age is just an accumulation of things. This eviction process has me thinking about the stuff I’ve bought over the decades and how to dispose of what is no longer needed. Someone suggested selling it in a Palm Springs antique mall.
So I visited my friends to scout out the storage situation. I happened upon them at their busiest time of year, decorating for the Holidays.
It truly is a huge undertaking for them. Weeks of ornament hanging, garland strewing and clip-on clipping. But the results are spectacular.
I did my part by helping to empty 31 of the 67 storage boxes in the dinning room. There were as many full ones still in the garage when I left.
I will be forwarding a copy of this post to the Betty Ford Center just down the street from them. I think Betty needs to develop new treatment protocols for this recently discovered affliction.
From the registered sex offender series
The gap on the sofa showing progress. Temporarily.
Awaiting the hanging
The goal is to obliterate that green.
Safety First. At Christmas time. At all times.
My favorite, the ruby encrusted Santa valued at over $5 million.
The sick thing is Daryl knows all the names of the garlands. “Oh, that’s Postpartum Parade. That one’s Regicide Regalia.”
The end result will be one blinding reflective surface, detail lost in the glow.
The design master contemplating his next move over some Kibbles.