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Hi, my name is Ronnie. I am an American Contemporary Folk Artist. I conjure up images, then paint them on canvas. This makes me happy. Nice to meet you.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Few More Toga Pix, then it's on to 2009!

This year's New Year's Eve party was held at my 82 year old mother's house. She hung in there with us til we rang in 2009. This cardboard monstrosity is our GRUMPH. He is built each year usually out of the Christmas debris. As the evening progresses we stuff the Grumph with little notes which contain all the things we want to let go of and leave behind from the previous year. The guys then fill him with firecrackers and roman candles and other pirotechnics that were illegally purchased across state lines in either Florida or Alabama.
This is the result. The Grumph behaved very well this year. Last year Andrew stuffed him so full of fireworks that we were running and jumping to avoid being hit by shooting bottle rockets. I love this kind of crazy chaos. Such fun!
This is young women and children doing our ritual dance around the Grumph before we set him on fire. For some reason, unbeknownst to any of us we chant "Oh, we love the old one." as we form a parade from the house to the yard. One of the older women, that can still walk, usually heads the procession with the Grumph held high. Is this weird or what!?
This is my take on a Gone With The Wind Southern Georgian Toga. Yep, that's me as Scarlet O'Ben Hura with my faithful attendant "I don't birth no babies" Prissy. Two curtain panels and a rod from my son's room. You'd have to be a fan of the old Carol Burnett Show to get this.
and then there were frisky goings-on for the camera and the goddess and vertically challenged gladiator sword fight that was instigated by the goddesses. That's it folks just a snippet of our 2008 send off.


B said...

That reminds my of my nephews 3rd birthday when they were pirates. I got a sword (blow up) somehow and it was 11 against one. I don't think the numbers were in my favor, but I persevered and won the battle.

Come by my blog today, you won an award (check out the first post for today).

aliceinparis said...

ooh, just a taste. Looks like FUN!
Cheers, Shelagh

Buskitten said...

Hey Ron, what a cool pic! It looks like that was a fun party! Thank you so so so much for your advice and encouragement on my blog - I really do appreiciate it! I have taken up your brilliant suggestion, and written to the local newspaper today, so lets see what happens! Thanks again Ronnie, you're a star!

Buskitten said...

Fabulous photos Ronnie - ooh, you are very glamerous! It's fun to see what people look like, isn't it? You often imagine people so differently to how they really are! I love the Grumph too! That is just so much fun, dancing around it!
Great pics, thanks for sharing them with us!

JaxPop said...

All that's missin' is John Belushi & the rest of Delta House.....

Ronnie said...

Glamorous! Oh, yeah, that's me. I look like freakin' Mary Engelbrite in this picture. Damn my daughter-in-law for getting my bad side. The other side looks like Rachel Welch.

aliceinparis said...

I'm back to see the rest of the pics.
Yes! Carol Burnett:))I remember the skit:)
Love the Christmas debris box full of stuff to be gone!!
What fun you guys must have!
Cheers, Shelagh

Renee said...

I love it, so different and so fun.

By the way, you are beautiful.


Love Renee

Feltbug said...

What a fab new year celebration - love the grumph idea! Thankyou for dropping by my blog and leaving your great comments :)

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I am SO IMPRESSED with your family! What an AWESOME tradition!
I love the whole idea!
I bow to you!