I mistook a man for a vase of flowers this morning. Or more accurately, mistaken him for one of those large flower arrangements one sees in built up urban areas. I was in the car driving and he was wearing one of those bright yellow, high visibility jackets. He had a bright blue skull cap on his head and equally garish red gloves.
To give context to my error, the sun was shining in through the windscreen and the bright morning light was bathing everything in a soft diffused hue. Matters weren’t helped by the fact that he was standing completely motionless at the time and was right in the middle of a busy intersection.
‘That’s nice’ I thought to myself ‘haven’t seen that there before. Must be new’. Then he spoilt it all by moving and walking rabidly away, his blue hat bobbing on his head like a demented beetle.
Got me thinking about the nature of abstract art, and how people see different things in the same painting. At the end of the day, we see what we want to see, and a lot of what we do imagine we see is in fact our inner selves being reflected back to us.
Some consolation I guess, I could have interpreted the unfortunate motionless man in much worse terms. If I had not being driving, I would definitely have made a sketch. Standing there against the fresh green herbage of the lay by he made a damn good flower arrangement. Visibly pleasing with complex interlocking colours that briefly arranged themselves purely for my entertainment.
But I drove on, with my thoughts, in the certainty that there was a lesson there, somewhere. If only I could tease it out? I am in the business of teasing such questions out via the twin mechanics of writing and painting. The only trouble is there is so many questions and only so little time. You have to focus on the important ones, so for now the flower arrangement man is free to walk free. I will have to live with the memory and revisit it at will.
The questions that have been tackled and temporarily answered are as always available here. Packaged up and ready for your own unique insights. Please feel free to indulge at will.