Minor Mitty #amwriting

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Minor Mitty

Another day, another museum, another gallery. Enrichment.

I crave the novel waiting for me. With my book, I’d lounge on the beach in the sunshine with gentle waves lapping at talc-soft sand, sipping sangria.

“Look at the brushstrokes,” Niall says.

“Hmm.” Brushstrokes. They’d have to be there, wouldn’t they? How else would the bloody paint get on the canvas?

I mentally bang my head against the white wall. Imagine alarms springing to life. Police swarming. Smile.

Ingrate, self-admonition. He’s sharing himself. It’s sweet.

“You hate this.”

Guilty. “Nooooooo.”

“Two more paintings then the beach.”

Cheerleaders whoop, shaking their pompoms. “Okay.”


end 4/7/2018

Sascha Darlington

32 thoughts on “Minor Mitty #amwriting

  1. Something very relatable about this, Sascha. Art appreciation. I sometimes find myself wondering– Are they showing off? Are they making it all up? Do I have defective vision? I have concluded very little except that, with artworks, bigger is usually better. 🐒

      1. Correct. 😃 I’m probably being a bit harsh actually. I do a little bit of work with some artists, and we generally agree about artworks. Perhaps it would be fairer just to say that everyone is different and has different tastes.

  2. I appreciate art because of the time it took the artist to create the painting. But then it its a matter of taste. I think you captured the sentiment of many gallery visitors (I’ve seem their bored faces).
    I shake my head when someone pays tens of millions – extortion.
    However, on the beach relaxing in the sun now that is priceless.

    1. Thanks, James. As writers, I think we are artists, and we know just how much time can go into making even a 100 word story. Therefore, I hope that I do give an artists full appreciation of their work.
      I know people who frequent art galleries, and they seem to get a lot out of it. I don’t question them, although I’d like to. It always seems as if I’m on the attack or just plain ignorant. I want to know what makes a person sit in front of a piece of artwork and study it and get bucket loads of pleasure from it. And this is just honest curiosity. I feel like if I understood, I might widen my own perspective.
      As always, your comment has made me think. 🙂

  3. A classic example of “different strokes for different folks.”
    I can’t believe some people prefer partying to reading books! 😉

  4. I think she would need a strong tea or such to counteract the effects of the imaginary head-banging, when she gets back home.
    I admire her patience and ability to be the good partner.
    Wonderfully written story, Sascha.

  5. Dear Sascha,

    Recently a friend showed me her collection of abstract paintings, valued at several thousand dollars. I felt a little the same way as your MC. I had a really great novel to finish reading. 😉 Nicely done.



  6. I loved this story! It’s so believable, so exactly how you behave when you love someone sincerely. Not merely do you show us the MC making a real effort to ‘get’ what Niall is showing her, but you show that he understands her wish for the beach and is happy to go along with it – at least for some of the time. It could, just possibly, be a match made in heaven…
    For those who were wondering about visual art, it’s basically the same as for writing but with the possibility of different nuances. And, just as you need a literary background to understand and enjoy most good novels, so you need knowledge to appreciate the narrative of a painting.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Penny. And thank you very much for your comment on painting. I am art ignorant, but would like to know more…hehe…maybe I’ll start with a book. 🙂

  7. Sadly I enjoy the beach also, so I take art to the beach in the form of a book. A good book is full of images, just like your story for friday Fictioneers.

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