There are times when the ‘What Is Art?’ conundrum raises its ugly mug and leaves the listener unsure. Charli Mills prompt this week was triggered by someone feeling words on the page couldn’t amount to a sketch and thus did not qualify as art. Which is of course errant bollocloids. I mean all art forms aim to create images in the recipient, pictures in the mind. Some are easy to access and some need more work. But the best ones – like radio, which has better pictures than TV – make you work harder to see them, and therefore are more satisfying when you do.
The prompt this week is
June 28, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that is a sketch or about a sketch. It can be “A Sketch of a Romance” or “The Sketch of Aunt Tillie.” Go where the prompt leads you to scribble.
Morgan and Logan, as ever, are grappling with this challenge…
‘Tried my hand at drawing, see?’
‘Is this conversation going to be in cod-Welsh?’
‘Don’t be fretting, boyo. What’d you think?’
‘Not got far, have you?’
‘It’s meant to be a sketch.’
‘As in it’s a bit sketchy?’
‘Just because it’s a sketch doesn’t mean it’s unfinished.’
‘You saying there’re different kinds of sketch? A sketchy sketch and a finished sketch?’
‘I suppose… But that’s only with drawing.’
‘Well, a comedy sketch wouldn’t be a sketch if it wasn’t finished would it? Like a joke without a punchline?’
‘That’s because this is in Welsh.’