Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Art in the Eye of the Beholder. 

” So what do you think?” Paul asked his husband. “It’s a print of a famous painting and the ocean and sky is calm and relaxing. You don’t like it?”

Trevor looked at the print hung over their bed: “Paul, it’s a print. I think if you’re going to buy a copy of a painting, you should at least buy a copy which is actually painted. This is a poster, how much did you pay for it?” Paul smiled with strain.

“Oh, it was only a cheap print framed. Maybe, we can go find an actual painting soon. I only thought this was a serene piece of art perfect for a bedroom.” Paul said sounding hurt.

Trevor sighed deeply; he hated it when Paul made him feel guilty.

“The ocean and the sky are serene but we could go down Whyte Ave this week during Art Walk and find an original actual painting, while supporting local artists. I’m sure a peaceful ocean and sky will be a common theme.” Trevor remarked, trying to convince Paul’s high taste.

Paul grinned.”That sounds fantastic! There is this great restaurant where they have real Italian food on Whyte and…” 

Trevor tuned Paul out and flicked on the TV opposite the ocean print. An NFL game was on; true art, Trevor thought with a grin.




Thanks to Roger Shipp for hosting FFftPP each Friday.


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.


33 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Art in the Eye of the Beholder. 

  1. rosemawrites April 1, 2016 / 4:48 am

    Ohhh. Unique take, Mandi. And yes, painted art should really be preferred than printed art.

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    • mandibelle16 April 1, 2016 / 4:51 am

      Haha, I was still thinking about those cows and how what people considered art was vastly different btwn different individuals. Yes, I agree to, I’d rather have the painting then the print. Thanks so much for your thoughts my friend.

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  2. Lynn Love April 1, 2016 / 8:50 am

    Great depiction of a relationship, the dynamic between the two is very well drawn. Not sure I like Trevor though – bit of a snob when poor old Paul was jut trying to brighten up the place! Well written 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 April 1, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      Thanks Lynn. Lol. I think Trevor is more worried that Paul is going to spend too much money on something that he doesn’t believe is worth it. Art Walk is an actual event where I live and it’s pretty awesome to get unique artwork by an artist. Some artists paint as they sell or make whatever art item it is they are about. It’s fun. Sports can be very good. Trevor is just more of a ‘guys guy’ I suppose.

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      • Lynn Love April 2, 2016 / 4:13 pm

        Art Walk sounds great – very imaginative and innovative. What a lovely thing to have so close

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      • mandibelle16 April 2, 2016 / 9:00 pm

        We have many great festivals in the summer and spring. Always something to do if you stay home during your summer holidays in Edmonton, AB.

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  3. joyroses13 April 1, 2016 / 11:12 am

    I will take the art of paintings over the art of football anyday! LOL!

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    • mandibelle16 April 1, 2016 / 5:42 pm

      Haha. I think many women are its you on that. I love paintings and the ArtWalk is an actual event in Edmonton and a very neat one! Artists sell their work but also work on paintings while their selling. But sometimes, I do love my sports. Team Canada or the Oilers. But Oilers haven’t got hockey to an art form these days 🙂


  4. Priceless Joy April 1, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Cute story, Mandi! Paul just wanted to brighten up their bedroom and Trevor just wanted to watch sports on television! LOL! I would much rather go and see all the paintings than watch sports!

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    • mandibelle16 April 1, 2016 / 5:38 pm

      Haha. Thank you for your thoughts PJ. The Art Walk which is an actual event in Edmonton in late spring/summer is very cool. You can go up and down Whyte Ave and a few of the blocks around, and artists are selling their work. Many while working on paintings as they sell it’s cool and a great way to get the “authentic” art Trevor likes. But, I have to say when hockey is on, Team Canada or my Oilers, I very much enjoy watching sports. But the Oilers haven’t quite got hockey to an art form these days 🙂


      • Priceless Joy April 1, 2016 / 5:53 pm

        LOL! I’m not into sports at all unless it is my grandkids playing! 😀 I think it would be fun to watch the artists and see all their work at an outdoor art exhibit!

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      • mandibelle16 April 1, 2016 / 6:49 pm

        Lol. You are good Grandma 🙂 sometimes it’s more exciting if you know the people playing I agree. Interestingly enough for one of he NFL teams, there is a player with my last name ‘Eifert.’ It is not the most common name in Canada in the US so we cheer for him and wonder how he’s related. We think this football player is a great-grandson or (great-great) of my Great-Grandpa’s half-brother. Neat huh?


  5. jademwong April 1, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    I do agree with Trevor about supporting local artists, but that “painting” is gorgeous, and I think Paul has some good taste himself. I love how the relationship between the two shines. Well portrayed, Mandi!

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    • mandibelle16 April 1, 2016 / 5:33 pm

      Thanks Jadem for your thoughts. Yeah, they have a good relationship and work out their disagreements well : )

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  6. The Voice April 1, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    LOL… I loved this. And I agree with Trevor on both his points. Support local artists and football is an art (and sport and science and entertainment and… sigh… I miss football.) Really nice story, Amanda.

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    • mandibelle16 April 1, 2016 / 5:30 pm

      Lol. Glad you liked the story and thanks for your thoughts. Haha I’m glad you love football so much to, you understand Trevor very well then 🙂

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  7. angietrafford April 1, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    I definitely believe that you should support local artists and buy the original painting. I definitely prefer that to a print. I am not sure about football, though! LOL! Very well written.

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    • mandibelle16 April 1, 2016 / 5:28 pm

      Thank you Angie for your thoughts. It’s great to support local art and businesses! Hehe just a guy thing I guess at the end 🙂

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  8. Scout April 1, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Oh gosh, I felt sorry for Paul! Seems he was really trying to make the place nice. I’m kind of like him, I’ve never needed paint over print. I love the price of print so to me it is lovely, lol. Trevor reminds me of an ex-husband I had… Enjoyed this, Mandi!

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    • mandibelle16 April 1, 2016 / 6:46 pm

      Haha, very funny that Trevor reminds you of an ex. It’s just preference I guess you can find nice prints but at places like Art Walk you can find beautiful original paintings decently priced. Thank you Scout for your thoughts.

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      • Scout April 1, 2016 / 10:25 pm

        Ha ha. Well Trevor did bring back memories. Good to know about ArtWalk!

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  9. J.A. Prentice April 1, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    I think actual paintings are nice, but often prohibitively expensive. Just like Paul, a nice cheap print is good enough for me. Great story!

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    • mandibelle16 April 1, 2016 / 6:44 pm

      Thanks so much. Definitely agree with you real paintings can be expensive. Art Walk in Edmonton is awesome because you can find great art work for local artists at a reasonable price. I also like to get my prints off of Etsy supporting local artists elsewhere. Have a good weekend J.A.

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  10. luckyjc007 April 4, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    Nicely written. I can see the difference in their preferences and way of thinking. Trevor was very good at finding a way to prevent Paul from having hurt feelings.

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    • mandibelle16 April 4, 2016 / 9:21 pm

      I think Trevor was particularly careful not to hurt Paul. Thanks Jessie, I’m glad you enjoyed this story.


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