The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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My mother is an artist. And a fantastic one. She never lost the wonder that was described in the first story from her childhood. She has maintained it throughout her years and it is a rare thing to find. Her hand-painted tiles usually depict ancient scenes from mythological or historical sites, but recently her style has come to develop a more fantastical fairy-tale look. We feed off of each other as artists, both learning from each other as we perfect our craft more every day.

Melinda is painting. She is fixated on the spread of ceramic in front of her. A sea of tiles fitting perfectly together like a puzzle. There is an outline of an image across this sea of tiles, a massive face with large hair and imposing horns. She frowns at him and he frowns back.

What color, what color?

She reaches for the container of yellow powder. She pours a small mound of powder on a tile and evens it out with a miniature spatula. Then, she drops a small amount of a thick, clear mixing oil. She works the two together for about ten minutes. Grinding and mixing until it is a silky-smooth, tooth-pasty texture. If it is not mixed thoroughly enough,  the ceramics will fire grainy, patchy, and runny and the tile will be ruined.

When this is finished, she takes her brush and a liquid lavender oil and mixes a little bit of paint, in it so it is a proper consistency for painting. A perfect texture. She repeats this process for every stroke of her brush.

No!

She notices brush marks on the piece. Thankfully, she has a tiny, silky-smooth sponge. She gently dabs the surface of the paint with to create an even plane. Perfect.

Melinda Painting

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2017
Hudson, OH

My mother is an artist. And a fantastic one. She never lost the wonder that was described in the first story from her childhood. She has maintained it throughout her years and it is a rare thing to find. Her hand-painted tiles usually depict ancient scenes from mythological or historical sites, but recently her style has come to develop a more fantastical fairy-tale look. We feed off of each other as artists, both learning from each other as we perfect our craft more every day.

Decade: 2010s
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Recorded by Zein Alali on December 7, 2017
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