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Topic: Art (01/18/07)
TITLE: The Start of Art
By Chuck Livermore
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As the features of the images took shape from the gestalt figures on the canvas, a smile began to form on the artist’ face. He was obviously pleased with what he had created. He stepped back to admire the picture. He set his paint brush and colorful palette down and stared lovingly at the painting. He spoke to the painting in an indistinguishable language and the breath of his voice impacted the canvas. The still life became animated and shapes and colors migrated across the surface.
As he watched, the dark maroons encroached increasingly on the bright center, marring the beautiful images he had formed. Tears welled up in the artist’ eyes until he could not bear the idea of his beautiful painting being ruined. He ran toward the creation and flung himself at the canvas. His body impacted the picture and shattered into a million pieces and his blood soaked into the canvas. The mosaic of his broken body and the bright red blood brightened the picture once more and covered the marred images. The artist had saved the painting from the ugly, corrupted image it formed itself into.
Today, we observe painting from inside its colors and we move across its canvas. We are the painting that the artist created. We are grateful that artist sacrificed himself to keep it beautiful. The artist still lives and now his spirit indwells the painting. We look forward to the time when the bright colors will extract themselves from the canvas and live on forever in the presence of the artist. Then the canvas and its dark maroons will be thrown into the fire and will not be seen again.
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