|Exposed K Howell 2011 Pastel on Paper 14 cm x 21 cm|
A kindly passerby asks me what I'm painting. I point at the exposed gritstone and he scrutinises it for awhile and then says, "What, just the rock?"
That is what I'm facing, there is nothing else here. I nod.
"Do you really see those colours?" he asks me.
Now this is where I feel a little exposed. What shall I say? No, I'm just using up superfluous pastels, really. But he seems genuinely perplexed when I say, "That Is How I See It."
"Looks like brown rock to me," he says. "But have a nice day."
If only we could all own such tolerance...