Good Will Hunter Uncovers Treasure

Jojay By Jojay, 21st Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I don't usually shop at thrift stores. I'm not snobbish, it's just that I've never found anything in them that I felt was worth owning. I was wrong.

I don't know much about art but I know what I like

Ever since I saw my first poster of Michael Parkes in a gallery I've loved his work. Parkes is known as the world’s leading Magical Realist artist.
Michael Parkes work is mysterious and often times cannot be fully understood unless you have some background of ancient mythology and eastern philosophy.
Or not.

You don’t need to understand the background of an artists to like his/her art.
To put it another way, I don’t know much about art but I know what I like. And I like Michael Parkes art.

I respond to him because he leaves reality behind and invites us into his world and (for me) his work depicts (in many ways) the life of the artist.

Tuesday Child is Full of Grace
For instance in a painting called “Tuesday Child” a ballerina balances on a gold hoop high in the air. One the opposite side of the hoop sits a monkey holding white flowers for her. The hoop is on fire.

“Tuesday Child” wallpaper is now on my computer. Each day I begin another writing project I’m reminded how tenuous and fragile the creative process is; how it’s always a ‘balancing act’ for the artist to create while surviving the demands of his vocation.

The artist must keep his balance on a burning hoop high in the air when he works at a job (that doesn’t exist) as he/she tries to find time to create (write, paint, sculpt) while dealing with the day-to-day reality of supporting himself or his family.
I bought my first (and only) Parkes poster when I won a playwright prize of $100.00 The original price was $200.00 (on sale for $100.00) and the print is called “Flute Meditation”.

The poster shows a beautiful red-haired woman with a lion resting beside her. There is a dwarf playing a flute and both the woman and the lion are asleep.
Getting 100.00 for a play that took me a year to write is the equivalent to getting $10, 000 for working a year at minimum wage. Writing plays is harder work than flipping burgers but doesn’t pay as well. But then again, no one ‘needs’ a playwright or (for that matter) gets a craving for one at one o’clock in the morning.

My point being my Michael Parkes purchase was a big frigin’ deal.

Last week after my Curves fitness workout, I noticed that there was a Goodwill store within walking distance of where I parked my car. On occasions, I’ve gone in there for to look for deals on shop tools, office supplies, and sundry items, but I never thought it would be a place where I’d find anything of real value.

Think again.
That day they had nothing in shop tools, and as I started to walk out, I noticed some pictures on a back wall. On a whim, I went over and checked them out.

And then I saw it. Sitting next to pictures of Elvis on black velvet, dogs' playing cards, and an ocean sunset was a Michael Parkes poster print! And not just any print. It was a framed print of his masterpiece “Deva”. (The original painting marked the 20th Anniversary of his masterpiece. It was originally reproduced as a poster and according to Machael Parkes comment on the website is has become “a treasure of historic and artistic significant.”)
I picked up the framed poster and saw that the price was $28.00!
It had to be fate

I saw a framed print of “Deva” the day I purchased “Flute Mediation”. At the decorator shop the price was $500.00. I told the woman that when I won the Washington State Lotto I’d come back and purchase it.

One woman's art is another woman's “Oh, that’s nice”
When the clerk checked me out at the register, I told her how thrilled I was to find a Michael Parkes poster and she smiled and said, “Oh, that’s nice.” Did I want to start a punch card with them?

When I got back to the house, I took the print up to my home office and hung it on the wall facing my computer. It is my favorite print.


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author avatar Jojay
I am a published and produced playwright. I enjoy writing about anything that strikes my fancy as well as engages my passion for a lifetime of learning.
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author avatar Twomoon
22nd Oct 2011 (#)

Well, my friend Jojay, I love art too! I am an artist, and I am finding this new art on the computer a bit unconventional, for a artist that only delved into pastels, arcrylic, oils, charcoal, water colors, and put them on real canvas and paper...!!! lol, the art world is changing so much, as is writing. So let's just say, I am with you, loved your article and I find this artist of yours also creative and talented! Computer art, you can fix anything, and become an artist without the use of a real paintbrush or pencil, so art is definately in the eyes of the beholder. Loved the comment at the checkout! lol

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