What I Spent My Birthday Money On

“Sacred Heart” oil on board by Casey Lynch


  1. Matthew Lickona says

    Oil on board, indeed. That is clearly a back tat. Still, a highly worthwhile expenditure. Happy birthday.

  2. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    Mazal tov & ad multos annos!

    (That goes for Mr Webb, too, since I was late to his party.)

    How big is the board? Big enough to use as a headboard?

    • Jonathan Potter says

      Thanks Angelico. It could work as a headboard. I’m trying to talk Ashley into letting me hang it over the mantel, though. I have her interior decorator sister on my side, so it could happen.

      • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

        Good luck getting your way, sir — though if you can’t, maybe you could sell the painting to the House of Blues.

        I note with interest that the cummings quotation continues the typewritten aesthetic of House of Words. Possible cover art for the next collection?

  3. Jonathan Webb says

    Potter’s back indeed. Only it should have been on velvet.

  4. What are the dimensions? If you position it right it could look very cool above the mantel. I have a couple things up there one is the Daniel Mitsui (sp?) that Lickonas got us, I just lean them up there. Usually off center. It’s kinda cool. But yes, good luck winning. I am a wife after all and yes though D has very strong opinions, I get last word.

    • Jonathan Potter says

      2′ x 4′ and the colors pull nicely from the rug, walls, and bamboo blinds. But everything else in the room is quite a bit more on the subtle and subdued side. And an array of framed pictures of the children currently spans the mantel shelf and would have to go.

    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

      Mel, I’m a Mitsui fan! If I may ask, what’s the subject of the Mitsui that graces your mantle?

      • It’s the crucifixion detailed with depictions of some of epic stories in the bible in miniature around the outer edges. It is pretty much phenomenal. (thank you Lickonas). I like to think it’s artistically leaning there. But I do need to actually frame it…..

        • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

          Thanks for the description! I love it when artists (or homilists) draw comparisons between events from the Bible. That’s also a great way to pray the Rosary.

          And in a work of religious art, it also makes a better value for money: multiple pictures for the price of one!

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