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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

TITLE: The Start of Art
By Chuck Livermore


The artist looked at the blank canvas. “This just does not look right,” he thought. “I can make something beautiful of this meaningless, empty space.” He chose the primary colors and smeared them across the surface. Then masterfully he began to combine them, creating secondary shades and hues. He lightened some to bring out a bright tint. He separated the colors so that the middle almost shined with bright pigments and the edges darkened into a deep maroon which almost looked black. In the bright center, he created shapes. Some were thick and solid. He thinned the paint for other shapes that did not hold their form and dripped down. The effect was stunning. As the artist feverishly slashed his brush across the canvas, a still life formed.

As the features of the images took shape from the gestalt figures on the canvas, a smile began to form on the artist’ face. He was obviously pleased with what he had created. He stepped back to admire the picture. He set his paint brush and colorful palette down and stared lovingly at the painting. He spoke to the painting in an indistinguishable language and the breath of his voice impacted the canvas. The still life became animated and shapes and colors migrated across the surface.

As he watched, the dark maroons encroached increasingly on the bright center, marring the beautiful images he had formed. Tears welled up in the artist’ eyes until he could not bear the idea of his beautiful painting being ruined. He ran toward the creation and flung himself at the canvas. His body impacted the picture and shattered into a million pieces and his blood soaked into the canvas. The mosaic of his broken body and the bright red blood brightened the picture once more and covered the marred images. The artist had saved the painting from the ugly, corrupted image it formed itself into.


Today, we observe painting from inside its colors and we move across its canvas. We are the painting that the artist created. We are grateful that artist sacrificed himself to keep it beautiful. The artist still lives and now his spirit indwells the painting. We look forward to the time when the bright colors will extract themselves from the canvas and live on forever in the presence of the artist. Then the canvas and its dark maroons will be thrown into the fire and will not be seen again.

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Jan Ackerson 01/25/07
A lyrical allegory--lovely to read. I wondered about a few of your word choices, but nothing major. This might have been even stronger without the final paragraph--you've done a good job, trust your readers to "get it." Good writing.
Shari Armstrong 01/28/07
Very nicely done (and we took simliar approaches :) )
Joanne Sher 01/28/07
I agree with Jan - you could have left off the last paragraph. This is quite beautifully done. I could definitely see this quite clearly.
Leigh MacKelvey01/29/07
A strong image of God sacrificing Himself to save mankind ! Beautiful descriptions. Job well done!
lynn rodgers01/29/07
wonderful analagy. i have a whole apriciation fro the word
Donna Powers 01/29/07
I have to admit that I took this literally the first time I read this, but the last paragraph made me realize what you were saying. When I read it again, I could really appreciate the allegory. Nice job and thanks for sharing!
Patty Wysong01/30/07
The image was strong and beautiful, I really liked it. I agree about the last paragraph, but overall, the descriptions and mostly the message, were terrific!