Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Judging a Book by Its Cover

Stopped in an art supply store this afternoon to buy some more pastels and some paper. Trying to explain my level of proficiency (and establish a reasonable price range for appropriate paper), I fetched Sunday's drawing from the car. The clerk seemed to understand and we happily skittered off to the paper racks, leaving the drawing on the counter. When we returned, a lovely lady asked me if the piece was mine. When I said yes, she said, "I knew it. You look like the person who did that."

When I asked what she meant, she said the piece was detailed, intricate, controlled and precise; she mentioned that the way I was dressed and my appearance matched it.

All my life people have told me I'm sweet. Puke! I hate being called sweet. Now I'm experimenting with color and line, stepping waaaay out of my comfort zone, and a complete stranger tells me my attempt is "detailed and precise." I'm sure she meant no harm—didn't intend to be unkind—but, damn, it was like being told I'm sweet.

If you've spent your life being a "good girl," how do you break that mold? I don't want to be sweet, I want to be exotic and interesting—a little dangerous even. Not aiming for irresponsible here, just not "controlled and precise."

It would be great to make 07 my "year of living dangerously." Not risky, really. Just on the far side of sweet. Got to figure out where to start. Stay tuned.


holly said...

pass a little controlled and precise this way. Dangerous living is all yours.

Happy New Year!


liz elayne said...

always being told that i am sweet, that i have such a wonderful smile, that i am so nice, that i will make a really great mother some day...and always being the good girl...oh yes, how i know this...
i was just reading jamie's blog (http://starshyneproductions.blogspot.com/) i was struck by her idea to revamp her wardrobe and only keep the pieces that invited her to feel a certain way. this made me think about how i want to invite things...from clothes to people to experiences...into my life that bring out the sexy, bold, truth speaking, just a little bit dangerous me. in a totally safe good girl way of course.

can't wait to see where this year takes you...

Becca said...

From one sweet girl to another - you GO girl! I'm all for looking for ways to add a little bit of tartness to the sweet (well, not that kind of "tart" of course - you know what I mean LOL)

And, BTW, I think your pastel is anything but sweet. I see a real unfolding there, someone just starting to open up to all kinds of new possibilities. It's totally lovely...keep on drawing!

Tammy said...

Sweet is highly over rated and you be exotic. It will look great on you ;)

Michelle O'Neil said...

Maybe she didn't mean "sweet?"

Maybe she meant put together and accomplished?

I love the drawing and I don't think it's sweet.

The whole flower thing is very sensual. Very O'Keeffe.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Draw and paint with your left hand! Maybe your left side is your wild side?

Study Kandinsky, Klee, Picasso, some wild abstract artists. Let art be the place where you break all the rules!

Still laughing at Holly's comment. It's true, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Terri /Tinker said...

The pastel is gorgeous. Don't let anyone else box you in!
Wishing you a fabulous new year filled with freedom and adventure!! xo