The Bare facts of Art.

The Bare facts of Art.

A Poem by Norman 223

A multi-limerick


Picasso said of his weird nudes, “I find ‘em
Attractive, though critics maligned ’em.
It's true my torsos and faces
Are in all the wrong places,
But I know that they’ll sell, ‘cos I signed ‘em".

Jackson Pollack when painting a picture

Said “ I like avoiding the stricture

Of a brush, ‘cos I found

 I just chucked paint around

And they sell - and it doesn’t restrict ‘ya”

As an artists’ model, it’s true
I take off my clothes in full view
Though some folks think it’s lewd
To pose in the nude
To me it’s à chaçun son gout.

If I paint my wife nude, I refute
Accusations that I’m dissolute
For she’d stay fully dressed
It’s my clothes I’d divest
So I don’t get the paint on my suit.



© 2020 Norman 223

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you are so clever...and yes, some artists and writers after awhile become just the name...they feel that will sell...and art be much we publish is not important.
I feel it is the creative process that means the most.

your last stanza made me think of Rodney Dangerfield..."I told the bartender to surprise me, so he showed me some naked pictures of my wife"---

Posted 5 Months Ago

WONDERFUL.. REALLY WONDERFUl Norman, you have the heart of a lad and the mind of a worldly wise
fun loving dissolute.. to use your word, sir!! Also, great references to the artists' style..

' à chaçun son gout. ' great rhyming skill there. Take care, keep safe ! Am still laughing,

Posted 5 Months Ago

So much to comment on! First, I love that you're sassy enuf to put yourself in the company of the "greats" . . . nice lead-in to your nude-painting shenanigans! Your wit always dances around the perimeter of your seemingly serious pieces, making us chuckle, & this ending is one of your most hilarious jabs of wit . . . painting your wife nude! Love how you turn our expectations upside down! Similarly, I find that writing nude is the way to go when temps here are over 100*F (38*C) . . . sweaty (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 5 Months Ago

Ha-ha! Now, that's a twist on nude modeling. Besides saving on the laundry, it'd be far less dangerous than let's say... deep-frying fish in the nude. (Unless, perhaps, the model wasn't your wife)

Posted 6 Months Ago

Norman 223

6 Months Ago

And so sayeth Sam the Sadist. :-)). Models are not just cold fish, you realise, they can be warm.. read more

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Added on July 28, 2020
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Norman 223
Norman 223

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