Binge Painter

by Gloria Garfunkel

One week until the exhibition and only half the paintings were done. This is how Axel worked best, with a gun to his head. He existed on coffee, only the darkest beans for inspiration, listening to his favorite jazz round the clock, sweeping those brushes and colors and his body in rhythm like a dancer leaving traces of his grace on the canvases so that, by the day of the exhibit, with the paint still drying, the paintings were done. All the paintings sold. A genius! Then he went home and crawled into bed and didn't lift a brush for another six months.


Gloria Garfunkel is a published writer and psychologist.


Leatherdykeuk said...

Splendid! Hard to know how he got the exhibition without the paintings in the first place, mind ;)

Anonymous said...

Work can be exhausting when you are a genius. Good 6

Jeanette Cheezum

Teresa Stenson said...

Good piece on the cycles of creativity. Pressure often helps. Enjoyed.

S. May said...

I enjoyed this - a touch of bi-polar perhaps?

Payton L. Inkletter said...

Thanks Gloria, you've been following me haven't you!!! I liked this glimpse of Axel's 'gun to his head' method for inspiration.