...but it's a painting by someone who is among my very favorite book artists, our own fingerstothebone or, as she calls herself for marketing purposes, Shu-ju Wang. It's called, a bit cryptically, They've Got Gold Trouble (Gouache on paper mounted on board, 12" x 12"), and it's mine. MINE! MINE! MINE! For Mrs.5000 gave it to me for my birthday!* That means I can do whatever I want with it, including taking a mediocre picture of it on the back porch:
I think it is terrific. I feel really lucky to be able to have beautiful things like this right here in my house, where I live.
As a special bonus -- kind of like how a DVD often comes with a "the making of" video -- the evolution of this painting was chronicled on fingers' blog. You can read about the process, and look at a better picture (and pictures of various stages along the way) here. It was a year in the making!
* It must be said that Mrs.5000 seems to hedge on this point a little bit, trying to imply that she got it "for us for [my] birthday." I don't even think that phrase makes grammatical sense, do you?