When I was twelve, most of my summer evenings were spent playing board games. The older kids in the neighborhood would gather; we all had a turn, to have game night at our home. We played the traditional games, Clue, Monopoly, Yahtzee, card games, Life, Risk and Masterpiece. I loved Masterpiece, miniature paintings that were auctioned off. We each had so many paintings and one was a forgery. You had to have a polka face for art. Some of us, played the rich parts well, we dressed up or brought a hat, some jewelry or a pipe. We broke all the rules, there was probably 12 of us, playing this game, not enough play money or paintings.
I remember I always would get Rembrandt, Renoir or Rubens. Somehow, the forgery painting would end up being a popular one. There was also a lot of laughter and jokes. If we weren't playing games, then we would take a risk and make crank calls. We would call the local store and ask "Do you have Prince Albert in a can?; Well you better let him out." " Is your refrigerator running;you better go catch it." Then we would call and ask for Sue. dial the same number 3-4 times, then one of us would pretend to be Sue and call the number and ask if we had any messages. This was as wild as it would get. I caught my daughter recently making a crank call with a friend, on her cell phone. I was stunned at first, but I guess there is a way to block the call *67. Kids will be kids; I of course had to give the Mom lecture, how we don't harass people and if
if you want to call your friends and play a trick in fun, nothing mean, okay. Then I snooped and listened, harmless fun. We also played Risk, this game always became ugly. There was always a lot of debate about stragedy and boys are generals, not girls. This game never went well. The game of Life was always messed up, rules were broken, people didn't agree and argued.
All of this reminds me of what it is like as a creative person, whether you write, craft, cook, paint, and have an interest in music. We all need to take risks and break the rules. Don't we as creative people have to step out of the boundaries of the norm. I am a good citizen, I have only had 1 speeding ticket, was stopped, last Memorial Day weekend. I deserved it I was racing through this one area and the cop was hiding in the I broke the rules and paid for it. I guess, what I am trying to say on a general level I follow the rules, I the generally drive the speed limit, help my neighbors on occasion, send mail to shut ins, I have done volunteer work. When it comes to art, I want to break the rules, take risks, think outside the box.
Isn't that what we are suppose to do...to a point, I guess we are defined by terms, if submission is involved. There are general guidelines to follow for a lot of art submission, but being creative is about being unique.
Let's not forget to mark or circle May 3rd, Lee of Tossing it Out has picked this day for us to post about
our reflections of A-Z blog challenge. It will be fun~
Also another R, I received my May Basket, the other day, from Cari Bruno. Thank you Cari for a fun swap; it brings back fond memories of the days, when I rang a door bell and hung the basket on the door and took off running.