IF STONES HAD TONGUESthis stone has plenty of stories....
"If stones should find a tongue
What would they say to me?
Would they deliver sermons
I think that being tranquil
is more than being still,
And so I think their silence
is not of their free will.
Although stones seem to stay
as in a solemn trance,
I understand their atoms
And so if stones had tongues
I would not think it strange
if they gave learned lectures
About the joys of change"
- James Dillet Freeman
my favorite writer
Are stones alive? Well most would think not but Mister Freeman suggests that stones have 'atoms that perpetually dance'. I would guess there is an inference that stones may have some form of life because he thinks 'tranquil' is more than being 'still'. Getting into the mind of the artist is probably the key to truly KNOWING the artist's work(s). The painting, the picture, the photo, the poem, the sculpture, the song....... each one is telling A STORY. It's like the artist is playing a game of 'hide and seek'. The artist is hiding the MEANING within the work and our job is to 'seek' out that meaning. When this happens then we will truly appreciate the work.
Or so the story goes.............
...........And I wasn't.......
........ But ME was.........
This whole Journey shebang is about change, right? In fact it is about my re-invention of ME. My NEED to CREATE. So I am going about creating...... a STORY...... Backwards Hmmm........
(have the nutter catchers on standby!!). Yikes! So....
It just so happens that the new ME is a writer, weeeell of sorts let's say.
Now that supposedly throws me into the educational genre of "The Arts". Mmmm Hmmm.............. OhK
So this helps explain a few thingies (hallelujah brother!).
Firstly, the nutty behavior. I think you will agree that most artists are a tad aaarrgghhmm ....... wot you say .......aaarrgghhmm........ eccentric. Yep, that's ME.
Secondly, WEEE artists like to create in an environment of reverie (alone, peace, calm, nutsvilly). Well after more than three years living in the bush and sleeping in a tent I'd have to check that box, wouldn't ya think dot? OhK
Thirdly, WEEE artists have trouble fitting in with society and have lots and lots of weird stuff going through our heads before we even get to do anything, like create, for instance. So that makes MEEE a WEEE....... BUT.....
The reeeally cooool thing is that I can call myself a writer, or even go that next step and self-proclaim myself AN ARTIST, with authenticity and weird behavior to back it up.......
But I'm not one of the most. OMG I have enough trouble getting ME to BE without getting stoned and the like ......... unless, of course, the term "stoned" takes on a different meaning for WEEE artists. Rather than the paint splashing, guitar smashing 'artists' weee have come to know and love the new "STONED" artist is the one so aptly described in the little ditty above from Mister Freeman.
Indeed the new artist is the atom dancing, tongue talkin', tranquil sorta dude that likes Monet and talks (well I think you can finish _ _it!)