Who wants to die a sad and broken person?

HJN0008W Avocado Pit. Watercolor, 7 x 9 in. Side 1.

HJN0008W Avocado Pit. Watercolor, 7 x 9 in. Side 1.

Who wants to die a sad and broken person like Melville — show of hands? One berates the ether doggedly with “this is me” effluvia.

When, what, how much to reveal vexes continuously. Thrust, parry, withdraw, resurge, repeat.

To trim word fat I start by oversaying things, then draft toward undersaying them, slaughtering adverbs. The siren’s call is to underestimate my reader. It’s hard to allude, only, and let her reach her own conclusions.

On the other hand, I haven’t dared to paint other than with what obviousness I can summon. I’m not confident enough to be more expressive and abstract, for all that I adore that style. Soldiering on, however: One brush stroke leads to another.

HJN0008W Avocado Pit. Watercolor, 7 x 9 in. Side 2

HJN0008W Avocado Pit. Watercolor, 7 x 9 in. Side 2

(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

 

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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