Thank You for Noisy Loneliness and Quiet Company
There are conversationalists that can make one feel lonelier than wandering through the Sahara or being stranded in the Arctic.
I had a conversation with a fellow artist yesterday who stopped by my studio to “visit”. (She has a studio in the same building.)
She paints Portraits. I paint Abstracts.
She thinks in Portraits. I think in Abstracts.
She is Catholic. I am…Not.
Anyone studying the History of Religion or Art History will surely discover the correlation between these two factors weaving into the tapestry of our culture.
By the time my fellow artist finished her coffee, her diatribe, and her desperate attempt to save me from my liberal evils, I felt as though her God was stealing everything in my studio and trying to pawn it at Cougar and Dark’s Pandemonium Circus while I became the Something Wicked This Way Comes. [Ray Bradbury]
Her condescending responses to my queery about why she believed in her beliefs relegated me to the banished-from-the-tribe, unknower of the “Facts about God”.
There was no way to penetrate the whispering thunder of her beliefs, to uncover her own identity and possibly share a moment of human understanding and connection.
I felt lonely.
I went to the large canvas I had been working on prior to her visit. It was a work in progress of a scenario depicting a group of musicians on a sidewalk in front of a coffee house playing together and sharing voices in unison.
The painting was inspired by an experience I had participated in last week.
I took my brush, dipped it in red and painted DO NOT ENTER over the canvas.
Another artist dropped by to give me a CD of his music. (He was one of the musicians I sang with in the painting inspiration.)
He sat in a chair across the room and sketched silently while God repainted the canvas again.
~ by leakelley on August 21, 2008.
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