"Happy Trails" - mixed media on aquabord, 11" x 14". Ready to frame.
BEDEMIR: And that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana-shaped.
ARTHUR: This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedemir. Explain again how sheeps' bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes.
- from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Scene 6
I've never given much thought to snails. Love their shells, of course, but not a fan of the slime trails and their featureless faces. But art is all about challenging ourselves, right? So when I heard the prompt "paint something ugly" in an art group I belong to, I just had to give it a try. Observing snail trails on the driveway isn't my go-to way to invite the muse, but this challenge actually ended up being fun.
Like Arthur, I try to keep my mind open to "new learning", especially in art. Because everything we know now will be mocked by someone later on, when the world knows better and things are more advanced. And "paint something ugly" might be the next generation of highly revered art, filling museums and galleries when we are all gone to greener pastures. If there ARE museums and galleries then...we might have digital walls in our homes, changing themes to match our moods and furniture, streaming Monets and Van Goghs and...Walls? A girl has got to have a dream.
While we are on the subject of new things, let's try this: is this piece calling you? Well, it could be yours! Leave a comment with the thing you believe our generation will most likely be made fun of 100 years from now. Using a completely unscientific method, (i.e. - whichever comment is the most entertaining) I will choose one of those commenters as the winner of this piece.
Ready? Set? Brainstorm!
Jen Walls and her imaJENation