“How’s the horse?”
My friends know to ask me this after we’ve talked Art.
“I was a monkey yesterday.”
They look at me smiling.
“Not only was I a monkey riding a horse, I was a Greedy Monkey riding a horse.”
I can’t stand it when I become Monkey. It usually happens when I don’t prepare Mr. First properly and respectfully for a transition.
“I don’t know what you’re doing but I don’t like it,” Mr. First tells the Monkey.
He shows me by rounding his spine and becoming a teeter totter of kicks and bucks. The more I force and want the rounder he gets.
Being monkey means I start to grip with my legs, pull on the reins and lean forward. It comes from wanting the final result so badly I don’t realize the mess I’m making. How to resolve an argument with a 1200lb horse?
There is no beauty without relaxation.
The moment I relax my body, lengthen my legs and soften the hands he gives me what I asked for. Yet I wanted more. Greedy Monkey wanted “again”. Greedy Monkey never got again and finally had to accept the lesson Mr. First was teaching her. Ask often. Settle for little. Praise a lot.
Whenever paintings are going wonky I think of Greedy Monkey. Paint a lot. Settle for little. Pat yourself on the back.
Then I imagine this little monkey below. Look at his form, the smile the relaxation! Soft hands and loose reins. Horse and Relaxed Monkey at play. I need to give him a brush and torch! If I’m going to be Monkey I want to be this colorful monkey!
But there’s more!
While searching the internet for images of a monkey on a horse, up popped Feng Shui Monkey Meaning. Power, loyalty and strength meet clever and flexibility. A rise to success.
Maybe being Greedy Monkey for the day had its benefits after all.
PS: Mr. First and I are back on speaking terms and doing well.