Charles Riley Art

Blind Man with Yellow Piano and Poetry


Digital photo of painting with writing layer added. Here's the entire background: This painting suffered an unfortunate shotgun blast and puncture wound by a whimsical art critic. How he managed to do this from a particularly vi- tuperative social media website I am amazed. However, with the ever increasing pace of progress I am not completely sur- prised. Without the least offense taken, I incorporated the criticism as part of the natural life of the painting. I believe this adds some of the rough and unexpected circumstances we must face and work with without hiding in self-pity or exaggerating our own self-worth by railing at the injustice of life. In the end, the painting emerged as a better painting for the criticism. The gunshot wound to the buttocks forced me to re- think the healing process and the scars left behind, while the puncture wound to the sky reinforced my understanding of a growing resentment of space and time not paying enough attention to our complaints about being stuck wherever we are in congested motor ways.

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