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Thursday, August 3, 2017

START WITH ONE TRUE SENTENCE



So much has been happening from all different directions, that I don't know where to begin.

        As Hemingway used to say:  "Begin with one true sentence."

       Well, that's my intention.
       And a few things leap to mind:

        "I'm just a man whose intentions are good,
O Lord, please don't let me be understood."

                    and also,

        "The road to hell is paved with good
intentions."

         The other day I was at a friend's house and we were having a few drinks - just to relax and perhaps bring some joy in our lives. There was one guy there who had been to the Ontario College of Art.
         We were listening to one of my songs, a You Tube video/slideshow. I only have so many photos, so I put a lot of my paintings into the videos because I like the colours and the flow.
         This guy was saying my paintings were good - very good. And I didn't believe him.

           My sister, however, worked at the Royal Ontario Museum as a curator and she thinks my paintings are very good, also - better than my singing and better than most of my writing.
She didn't say these words but this is what she meant.

         I'm perplexed.

          The one thing I've never taken seriously is my painting. And I don't want to start taking it seriously now.
          In fact, the other day I discovered I was afraid to start this new, rather large canvas.
And when I'm afraid of doing something, I have a tendency to jump right in and do it right away. This avoids anxiety,
          I'm happy to say the canvas now is a horrible mess. I don't care. The key is to 'just do it' & pretend I'm in kindergarten.

           A friend who seems to be  pissed-off at me most of the time... what she says is,

"STOP TALKING ABOUT YOURSELF!
  YOU'RE THE ONLY PERSON I KNOW  WHO HAS A PICTURE OF HIMSELF ON 
 HIS LIVING ROOM WALL!"

So that's what I'll do. Stop talking.








I suspect my silence won't last that long.







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