Friday, February 13, 2015

If I Only Had a Heart

I couldn't resist--- I just couldn't paint hearts and flowers and all that sappy stuff.  This is a quick little painting of a sculpture in Oz Park in Chicago, home of Lyman Frank Baum who wrote several Oz books.   The sculpture was created by artist John Kearney in 1995, and the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and Dorothy and Toto statues followed.  It is a beautiful park in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, and I discovered it quite by accident.  

For your enjoyment, I am including the words the Tin Man sang in the movie, The Wizard of Oz.
Happy Valentine's Day to all of you.

correction:  the painting is 5 x 7" not 6 x 8".

If I Only Had a Heart

When a man's an empty kettle
He should be on his mettle
And yet I'm torn apart
Just because I'm presumin'
That I could be kind of human
If I only had a heart

I'd be tender, I'd be gentle
And awful sentimental
Regarding love and art
I'd be friends with the sparrows
And the boy that shoots the arrows
If I only had a heart

Picture me a balcony
Above a voice sings low

(Snow White)
Wherefore art thou, Romeo?

(Tin Man)
I hear a beat, how sweet!

Just to register emotion, jealousy, devotion
And really feel the part
I could stay young and chipper
And I'd lock it with a zipper
If I only had a heart

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