Judy Paul, Twins 1 © Judy Paul

Judy Paul, Twins 1 © Judy Paul

Today’s not a day for arm-chair metaphysics. It’s a Monday. Let’s not contemplate the imminent demise of abstract art’s possibilities. “Happy” is a fine and dandy reason for a brush to tickle a canvas too. So I dub Judy Paul Queen Monday because of slinkies, hula hoops and spiral thinking.

I spent a heated Saturday unraveling a ten-inch rainbow slinky my son bought with tickets from Chuck-E-Cheese’s. Like the excruciating division of Siamese twins. I overtook shambles of cork-screwy plastic with only the panic in his eyes to keep me going.  In the end, the tangles surrendered, but the slinky now slinks a wonky lop-sided gait. A sproingy architecture piece twisted on my desk. So I get nervous for this painting. I want to tell it not to get uptight, ’cause if it gets tangled, well it won’t be pretty.

I’ve told you before that I yearly panic because I missed the 60’s in America. Free love, bra burning and Bob Dylan–teenage troubadour. But I found peace, love and happiness in a handmade hula hoop I bought at the local farmers market as Booker T & the MG’s spun the turntable. You catch a freewheelin’ fun vibe when you’re hoopin’. And you can catch it from these loop-d-loops too.

And the joy of chasing your mental tail. The going round and round the same synaptic cycles in your mind. The same triggers, the same feedback loops.  A hypnotic ever-circling. I want to tell this painting to snap out of it and move on. But it is moving isn’t it ? Not sure which direction.

Maybe it’ll take a lop-sided slinking or a hula-hoop shimmy, but I trust you’ll get where you’re going. Rock the round robin as you find your way.

4 Comments on “Hoopla”

  1. SigO says:

    I was wholly and completely shocked that I could hoop that hula hoop as good as I did. Pain from childhood athletic failures (jump rope, tether ball, hula hooping) faded away to the tune, Groovin’ by our multi-purposed music from Booker T & the MG’s and were instead replaced with very sore core muscles this morning!

    What a great surprise!

  2. Judy Paul says:

    Thank you for the post! I’ll take the dub as “Queen Monday”. This image was inspired by an afternoon of lap swimming in Deep Eddy – it’s a long story of how that turned into a painting of a slinky. Glad you can appreciate it. Great work on your blog – I’m glad I know about it now.

  3. Hello there, I really enjoy reading your blog, good stuff. I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Keep up the good work. 🙂

    • heatherit says:

      Oh you lovely soul. I’m embarrassed to admit that I like to be nominated for awards. Judgement is such a precarious thing. Versatile is good I think, especially in sex. Oh wait, wrong blog. Ha!

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