Rhumba can’t stop drawing. All right, there are occasional bouts of knitting, and of swearing at knitting machines. But mainly, she draws caricatures. As a loyal husband, I have to say that she’s getting very good at it. Fortunately, I’m not lying.
When Rhumba’s on a roll, she can draw a fairly simple caricature in under five minutes. Complexity takes ten or fifteen. And when she’s done – she throws it in a pile, or a wastebasket. And forgets it. On to the next one.
The damned things are everywhere: an avalanche of faces, wherever I look. Masses of eyes, grins, and grimaces stare up from tabletops, sideboards, in-boxes. It’s enough to make you flinch.
I was finally impelled to put a batch of them to some use, before she threw them out. So I took twenty-odd caricatures, put them in some order, and pasted them up on a piece of foam-core board. They are now the Dysfunctional Family Tree, with appropriate descriptive captions. Here’s the entire image: click on it to see it in a separate wiindow, and click again to see it in truly large size and read the captions.
Amazing what you can do with three dollars worth of form-core and a gluestik. Unfortunately, Rhumba’s just drawn 20 more. So I’d better get cracking. Next stop: the Dysfunctional Company.