But how in the h are we supposed to encapsulate our entire worldview in a single painting? Even if it’s 5.5 feet tall? Like the extra couple feet of canvas is really going to help here….These were the anxious protests rattling through my mind. Oh artists.
Now I find my reaction funny, because I think art always communicates our worldview in some way, however indirectly. I think though my main objection was that I didn’t want to make something too deadly serious, too preachy, to beat people over the head with my opinions.
Kind of hilarious since I insist on sending you emails all the time full of my opinions.
So, what do you do when you want to avoid the deadly serious?
You look to everyone’s favourite lawn ornament- the pink flamingo.
I have to say I’ve had a minor obsession with flamingos in all their tacky goodness since about 2002 or so when my band at the time played a show in Lafayette Louisiana, and then went to New Orleans the next day because it was near-ish and it also happened to be the morning after Mardi Gras.
Lol. Basically there were a lot of people asleep in doorways and I swear the whole city was absolutely covered in beads, like strung on the balconies in flourishes, carpeting the ground, it was like frosting on a cake.
So it was about 10am and as we were walking we ran into a gal dressed as a flamingo and she was with a guy dressed as a palm tree with a pair of coconuts hanging in his crotch. Amazing. I think my 20 year old self was scandalized a little bit....
Anyways I wanted to be the flamingo woman, I believe there may be photographic evidence of me somewhere dressed up as a flamingo for Halloween the following year….
Back to the painting.
You probably already know this, but in case you didn’t (I promise I won’t judge you) flamingos actually turn pink because of the shrimp-like crustaceans they eat. What the what. So weird! They even start to fade in captivity unless their diet is supplemented.
I’ve heard a lot from various self-help gurus that you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
That’s why the lady in the picture is growing pink feathers out of her head. She hangs around with flamingos too much and eats all their shrimp.
But I was just thinking about this in light of the really awful events this week, (which I don't even have words for yet) how if we work on ourselves to be real and good listeners and caring, and reach out to people around us, maybe that’s really worth a lot. I know it’s just small. But I think how we conduct ourselves must have an influence, because we’re all part of each other’s spheres.
So- did you know puffins’ beaks fade to grey in the winter and then turn rainbow coloured again in the spring? That’s what National Geographic’s website told me.
And how about chameleons? I mean I don’t have to tell you what those weirdos are capable of.
It’s a thing, I swear. For better or worse, our surroundings literally get under our skin!
Maybe I’ll paint more flamingos and puffins this year. Or make ‘em into wallpaper and such.
At any rate if I ever have a front yard it will mos. def. be covered in flamingos. Not even ironically.
Earnestly covered in flamingos.
Thanks so much for reading all the way to the end! I really love hearing from you, if you feel like it why not write me back and let me know what you would put in a painting to express your world view. HAHA now YOU get the assingment. or just send me a painting someone else did that expresses it, that would be cool.
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