Art is not a Luxury #flashfiction

Charli’s latest prompt is rather gloomy

March 16, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) go down the rabbit hole to a place where art is not allowed. It could be a small story or a dystopian vision. Is there a power struggle over art? Would the general public miss it? Is the end of art a natural evolution? Go where the prompt leads.

Mary is in reflective mood this week.

Artists Are Golden

‘What’s that?’

‘Mary smiled to herself. ‘Oh, a silly dream.’

Paul hugged her shoulders and peered at the brochure. ‘Away artist retreat. You exploring your creative side?’

‘Stop teasing.’ She closed it.

‘No, I’m not. It’s just, I never thought….’

Her face was unreadable. ‘When I was 15 we had to choose our O Levels. Because I was good academically I was told I couldn’t do art. Dad, too, wasn’t keen.’

‘I never knew.’

‘Yes, well it’s a silly dream.’

Paul picked it up. ‘A great man had a dream once. He was right about that too. Come on.’

If you’d like more of Mary and Paul, click here.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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21 Responses to Art is not a Luxury #flashfiction

  1. Mary should have gone to my school. We did art O level as a practice run. I got a grade five. Amazingly the one star of our class failed it. Weird.

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  2. Erika Kind says:

    Oh, I like that! Never believe what others say when you feel different about it and never give up on a dream before you chased it!

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  3. Ritu says:

    Like this!!!

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  4. So many of us were told we ‘couldn’t do art’ for any number of reasons and still today I meet people who make proclamations such as ‘I don’t have an artistic bone in my body’. These things aren’t true, everybody is an artist, they just haven’t been taught how to uncover their ability. We are all artists, creators, legacy leavers – large and small, and nothing will stop us from making our art any way we can!

    I hope Mary gets to go on her retreat!

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  5. Annecdotist says:

    I’m of a similar era and experienced the same scheduling stupidity in which the kids who were good at exams didn’t get to do the more practical subjects, although I think art was positioned slightly between the two. As I was neither very good at it nor did I get on with the teacher, I didn’t have Mary’s experience. But I’m excited for her – could this be her awakening? However crazy the prompt, I hope you can let us know how she gets on in the next flash.

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  6. Score (another) one for Paul! 🙂 Hey, I can draw a wicked cool stick figure. Also, a circle that is vaguely not oval.

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  7. Charli Mills says:

    It’s about time for Mary! It’s not that we don’t have art, but we put it in a container of lesser value and pursue other containers until we realize, we want less.

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  9. Norah says:

    Isn’t Paul the supportive one? I love that he’s encouraging her to follow her dream. Everyone needs encouragement to do so, or it just stays hidden forever. Great piece. I love the message.

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  10. I was also told not to do art. I can’t draw a straight line so mine are wonky. I make quilts, embroider, sew clothing, craft from natural materials, I just don’t do art. 🙂 Fooled them, didn’t I. Art has so many forms.

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