While sketching yesterday with some friends at an antique place that is NOT the Tobacco Barn, I found a lovely concrete statue of a headless Virgin Mary. She was looking fine, stepping on that snake as usual, opening her hands to send out peaceful, calming rays. The only thing missing was her head. I wondered if they were selling her. She was stuffed back in a corner behind a metal chair, and her head was nowhere in sight, not even on the floor under the chair. But there was a tag on her, and it read "Headless Mary" with a scribbled-over price that looked like $29. A great price!
I saw my friend over in another area, so I told her about the Mary. She was very interested as she already has a headless Buddha and we agreed that headlessness can be a good state, sort of a No Mind, No Problem state taken to pleasant extremes. We went back over to Mary, but this time it was clear that the price was not $29, but $59, sadly out of our reaches.
So I drew her again, and then went over to the wonderful opium bed across the room and drew it quickly, noting the translation of the Chinese characters carved over the opening: 5 Thousand Years of Prosperity and Longevity, and noting that the price has been reduced from $3800 to $3400.