Pretty

This is a painting of a student of mine working on her painting. I often draw and paint along with students; it comes in handy for the times when I need to keep my mouth shut while they are working things out, and also lets me have a set of similar problems in front of me that I can use as an example.

I showed this painting to a friend the other day, commenting that I hadn’t shared it with anyone “because it was too pretty.”

“What’s wrong with pretty?” She said.

Good question. It’s one of my prejudices. To me, “pretty” safe. In musical terms, it’s Easy Listening. Pretty is what people already know they like, it doesn’t invite us to see something new, or to think.

Monet’s Water Lilies = Kenny G on sax.

All that being said, sometimes pretty just happens.

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