I spent most of today mummy sitting after the appointment with Dr. Hinz. I had Sue over for supper which was a mundane business -bangers and hash with spinach and mixed vegetables. We all watched the movie about the girl genius from beginning to end. I can't remember what the name of the movie was but it made me realize that perhaps having ordinary children might be a better thing than to have gifted kids. Although I do believe younger boy is gifted no one else believes this. Older boy is bright but more interested in working than in going to university and really he's doing well.
What was this post about? I was going to write about artists. I love writers but artists are more interesting than writers because they can make the invisible visible. For writers and especially poets we are looking (well at least I am looking) for the unsayable, the mystical, the hidden meaning of things.
Artists can do this sort of magic that poets have a hard time fleshing out. In fact artists can make oddities, revelations, deities and frugal expression out of the imaginative forces within them. This sort of transformation isn't easy to do and often takes a long apprenticeship. Working at the same time as practising art is difficult to do and sometimes what this means is that most of us give up the art and do the mundane which is regular jobs and regular life.
But for those of us who do work day and night on making art, the inability to do this sort of driven compulsion destroys them. It's impossible for an artist to keep stuff inside without expressing this stuff. It's like a tree in spring holding back on buds, leaves, flowers and fruit. It's like you're becoming dead.
So in the case of Hawk Alfredson, what his wife has done to prevent this sort of deadening of his artistic force, is to make this Go Fund Me campaign that I hope you will all support. It's a worthy and brave thing to do and it will work if all of us either pitch in a few dollars or spread the campaign so that others who have money can help Hawk.
Helping another human being become the fullest expression of who they are is a beautiful thing. Please help.
Help Hawk Alfredson Paint Again!