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Wednesday, March 10 2021

Do artists live in a different, magical reality? Some weeks ago, a friend of mine, Misty, an amazing painter of wildlife, posted on Facebook a picture of a rattlesnake. I’m not a big fan of snakes but I had to admit that her painting was great just like all the others she's ever painted. I scrolled on, happy to be past the snake. This evening, I read a warning given by the Wildlife authorities about the possibility of an encounter with rattlesnake in our woods since they are waking up and beginning to be active. The following night, I dreamt about a rattlesnake that was crawling towards me when I walked in the forest. I was wearing only my summer nighty and flipflops as I sometimes do during the warm summer mornings. Scared and irritated, I thought in my dream: “Why did Misty have to paint her snake in MY forest?” Upset, I started to surface from the dream. Half awake and relieved that it was only a dream, my brain created a brilliant thought: “I have to ask Misty to paint her snake somewhere else.”

Then I came to my senses, smiled and decided to put boots on whenever I go to the forest. I told Misty about my dream and she said:”Yes! Put always boots on!” But it wasn’t over because her rattlesnake was flashing in my mind all day. 

It reminded me of the time I used to write novels. As I am strongly opposed to the consumption of alcohol, I had to describe the feelings of a drunken person. After I finished that chapter, I got up from my computer and … lurched like an alcoholic! Stranger than Fiction! I sat back down at my desk and sent the main character to therapy in the next chapter.

I thought since the rattlesnake scared me in the artistic dimension, I have to resolve the issue right there. I took my brush and painted myself in the woods, in this summer nighty but in cowboy boots instead of flipflops, stepping on the head of the snake, remarking with a smile and looking very cool: “Not with me, the cowboy’s wife, you rattle sweetie!” And showing her my super-mega-sharp knife to convince her to run away.

P.S. I admit, I painted the knife and the boots first, then the legs and my hand, and the snake at the very end. And of course I named it particularly grandiose: “VICTORY OVER EVIL”.

Posted by: AT 09:06 am   |  Permalink   |  5 Comments  |  Email
A great story. i can image myself being in that situation. I like magic things. You are a great artist! I'm impatiently waiting for your next story. Love your blog. Juanita
Posted by Juanita on 03/13/2021 - 09:14 AM
Some may look at this piece of artwork and think that the evil is the snake, but the snake has done nothing wrong. The white hairless animal, the one with the heavy boots and the knife, who comes into the land, stomps around, and kills anyone who objects. That is the evil
Posted by Robin S. on 03/13/2021 - 09:23 AM
Robin you didn't really understand the story neither know anything about the symbolic meaning, right? Google it... Snake can represent death, destruction, evil, a penetrating legless essence, and/or poison. In the Christian tradition, Satan (in the guise of the serpent) instigated the fall by tricking Eve into breaking God's command. Thus the serpent can represent temptation, the devil, and deceit. But above all - read the story again and try to have fun.
Posted by Krys von Tornado on 03/13/2021 - 09:30 AM
great story and great pic! that comment by robin s. not so great. one of the haters i guess. u cant do anything about it there are everywhere always have been and always will be. all we can do is just to ignore them. im artist myself and when i post my paintings some lunatics think that i ask and wait for their critic. if you dont like it idiot then scroll over but shut up and dont delivery that shit on my page! sorry for the expression. u are a very talented person as my wife would say u have a God given talent. i also like ur stories. thanks! stay safe! john s
Posted by john s miller on 04/11/2021 - 07:40 PM
I believe artists not only live, but thrive in a different reality wherein they craft a future for themselves that they pursue singlemindedly to its fruition. Your reality and how you have chosen to interact with others in that context has served you well and I congratulate you. I applaud you for living the American dream as you interpret it.
Posted by J L on 05/06/2021 - 03:07 PM

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