Sunday, June 14, 2020

Crying or Laughing?

Those of you who visit my blog regularly, know I like to dabble in drawing. My last post was about painting, and how landscapes can become a type of escape, especially during tough times.

Most fiction writers’ study human behavior or psychology, so they can create or “paint with words,” characters with realistic qualities. Right now, all you have to do is turn on the television, where the evening news is filled with colorful protesters who shout about peace, while carrying firearms. Oddly, if I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t believe it and novel readers wouldn’t find it believable either.  

Mark Twain said:

 Truth Is Stranger than Fiction, But It Is Because Fiction Is Obliged to Stick to Possibilities; Truth Isn’t.”

I’m sure you’ll agree these are unusual times, and the fact that everyone has a different emotion, inspired my original cartoon.  

Will someone have the last laugh?
What about you?

(By Eve Gaal)

Monday, June 1, 2020

Spread Peace Through Art--Wish I Knew How to Paint!


Pastures painted in vivid greens,
‘neath skies of blended blues;
soothing scenes depict tranquility,
of places past--
Where tall grass blows upon a lea,
shepherds tend gentle flocks,
work horses graze,
farmhands nap,
chickens waddle to a trough.

How fortunate that grandmother knew how to paint.
Her heart,
in cracking oils on canvas,
randomly splashed on my suburban walls,
reminds me,
and those who visit,
peace and serenity.

And you!
How lucky are you?
Given a chance to leave a legacy,
to express yourself with art.
A lifetime ahead--anew--
to spread love to future generations.
Please pick up the brush,
the pencil,
even a box of crayons.
It’s never too late to begin.

(Written by Eve Gaal in loving memory of her talented grandmother, who knew the influence of art.)