Houses Tiny Worlds
Can you paint grumpiness into joy?
The microscopic transformations
of making one small picture
ripple through the pages of personhood,
radiating ever outwards.
Grumpy. Tired. Hyper-vigilant.
Stray shreds of tissue. Let’s make a beautiful flower with spiral centre.
Oh no! It’s a grumpy tired spider flower.
Bright. Too bright.
Spiky. Too spiky.
Art doesn’t lie.
Can’t let the world see me like this.
Paint over, paint over.
Paint pink, white, gold.
Vigorous. Begin to feel better, calmer. Practise the art of upliftment.
But it’s pretty. Too pretty. Sweet. Too sweet.
During creative community pod gathering, add pre-painted magazine page.
Viscous, white on shiny, black paper.
Define, strengthen, re-introduce the truth.
Bring substance and depth.
Friend says, ‘I can see tiny little worlds behind the petals’.
Later. Black fine-liner. Scribble, scrawl with restless, artful purpose.
Red oil crayon. Swirl firm spiral centre. Scrape side across the raised dry tissue texture. Feel the old skin and know what’s beneath.
Rough and smooth.
Concealed and revealed.
Authentic layers of life.
(Here’s another Tiny Worlds post.)
with love, art and soul from Sally