Walhydra first discovered the work of Brian Andreas in the late 1980s, in the Red Piano II art gallery on St. Helena Island off the coast of Beaufort, SC, when she was attending an American Friends Service Committee regional retreat at Penn Center.
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At that time, Andreas was painting his remarkable characters and their offbeat, challenging one-sentence stories onto found pieces of wood, using old wire coat hangers and such to craft heads, hands and feet.
Then Walhydra found Andreas' book, Story People.
More recently, Walhydra has been sending friends the cards Andreas produces. Here's one she and Hubby Jim just gave Senior Witch for Valentine's Day:
"I asked her why she never told us about the Ten Commandments & she said she wasn't ever that good with numbers so she loved everything as best she could & I remember thinking who needs all those rules anyway with a mother like her around."
Today Walhydra discovered a website...and a blog!
Here's another story she particularly likes:
Most people don't know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don't get too comfortable & fall asleep & miss your life.
And finally, the print version of a card Walhydra bought today:
Is willing to accept that she creates her own reality except for some of the parts where she can't help but wonder what the hell she was thinking.
Boy, ain't that the truth?!
And so it is.