Friday, December 22, 2006

Painting of the Week

With the busy season, I only had two art girls yesterday, but one was Sarah and the other was Megan. Megan was one of my art students who got married and moved off, but has now moved back to the area with her husband. It is great to have her back at art. While Sarah and Megan painted, I did this little Christmas card to take to the Art Guild Christmas party last night. Every year the Guild has a party and plays the dirty Santa game. Last night's party was actually pretty interesting. They had entertainment in the form of a flute player - not just any flutes, but a handmade Indian flutes. The man explained how he made the flutes, and he played for us, which was beautiful. It was all very "artsy" and "spiritual" drawing in the artsy folks from the crowd to make spiritual comments. At one point, I made eye contact with my friend Trixie. The look on her face was priceless. It was that sweet Southern woman look that said, "That's nice. Now, shut up so we can hear the music." I had to look away from her to keep from lol.


Buck Pennington said...

Hmmm. I've often wondered just why flutes are "spiritual" and other instruments are not. It's not just Indian stuff, either. As an example... in most Japanese movies I've seen, if there's a temple scene, the accompanying soundtrack is always a flute or combination of flutes. I'm not expecting a tuba solo or anything, but why is it always flutes? (I'm serious.)

Bag Blog said...

Buck, you made me lol. I have had the same thoughts, well, maybe not about the tuba, but why is the flute suppose to be so "spiritual". While listening last night, I thought the answer might be that TV has programed our brains to think that way by playing flute music during spiritual or weird scenes. While the other artists at the party were closing their eyes and "entering the river", I closed my eyes and pictured Western movies thinking the Indians must be burying their dead. My other question was why do we always think Indians were so "spiritual" - like they had the market on spritualism.

Becky said...

I don't know why flutes are considered so spiritual either. Maybe because it is such a primitive instrument.

What is funny is one time when Cody and I were at the Memphis Zoo. One of the giraffes bent down to get a drink. You know how they have to spread their front legs way apart so they can get their heads down to the water. Well, the giraffe drank, got back up and went on its way. The lady next to me had been filming the whole thing. When the giraffe was done, she stopped filming, placed her hand on her chest and declared what an incredibly spiritual experience that was.


Buck Pennington said...

My other question was why do we always think Indians were so "spiritual" - like they had the market on spritualism.

I think it's because we've been programmed by the TV, movies, and advertising in all forms for the last 30 years or so. But it wasn't always so. I think it began back in the '60s. It's those damned hippies. Again.

LOL, Becky! Yep, giraffes are just SO spiritual! :-)