Day 4 of the daily paint-a-thon and another abstract landscape. This one with a small abode illuminated from the sky. While painting this piece, I began reminiscing about the musical theater production "Into The Woods." Surely you've seen at least one production of this glorious hodgepodge of fairytales? It is one of my all time favorites.
My first introduction to this piece of masterful performance artistry was my son's middle school production of the junior musical version. I saw the performance about one million times (ok, maybe it was just four times) and the songs are now forever stuck in my head in a kind of happily ever after soundtrack of make-believe. The plot was fascinating - weaving together seemingly unrelated stories into a whole new level of tale. The characters, their motives, the horrible disasters and dramatic love scenes...and Milky the Cow, magic beans and a mesmerizing wolf.
So a tiny landscape with a nondescript house brought my mind to fairytale musical theater which takes place in the woods. And it got me to thinking. Fairytales are so deeply woven into my psyche. The archetypes of princes, villains, evil witches, damsels in distress and poor peasants are a part of the narrative by which I compare and contrast the real characters in my life and many of the inner parts of my self. And the mere glimpse of an implied cottage in a meadow near the woods can lead me down a mental path strewn with the potential for bean stalks and giants. I am instantly enchanted.
And this, this, instant enchantment is what makes art an irresistible journey for me. Just as the Baker, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel's prince were drawn into the woods for their own adventures, art lures me in to see what is over the next hill just beyond the trees. And hopefully, home before dark.