MAYNARD: It's the legendary Black Beast of aaauuugh!
ARTHUR: Run away! ALL: Run away! Run away! [roar]
NARRATOR: As the horrendous Black Beast lunged forward, escape for Arthur and his knights seemed hopeless. When, suddenly, the animator suffered a fatal heart attack. [ulk] The cartoon peril was no more. The Quest for the Holy Grail could continue.
- from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Scene 34
Another brilliant scene in which the line between the fiction and the movie crew is blurred.
Which is something I really like to see in art as well. I want to know how someone made magic on canvas. It doesn't change the magic for me. It might even make it better. Because even though that person can do it, it might be a while (if ever) before I could. I am beginning now to sign up for some challenging classes in the new year, focusing on artists who seem magical and will make me stretch. It is months away, but I am already excited. This past winter's Stan Kurth workshop altered my process in a million ways.
This piece, which will be followed by others over the next few days, was part of mixed media demo I was delighted to present earlier in the week. It's a cooking show format, so many pieces are "half-baked" to move the process along. This one is a sassy girl, full of attitude and strength. She insisted on having two ducks, instead of the one songbird all the others had. So bossy, this one! One of the audience members named her, and I think it suits her perfectly.
Only three days left in this marathon of malarkey. I am going to miss Arthur and his noble knights.