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On Reading a Painting

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What is your first impression when you look at an image? The photo-card of a painting for example?

I was asked to choose one out of 10 cards. I picked up my favorite and I read at the back : Melanie and Me Swimming’ by Michael Andrews, from Tate.
This was what I knew information before I started writing the short text below:

It is bloody cold – what an idea to swim tonight! He was so enthusiastic I could not spoil it.  Peter is like that. His mind is full of images or shall I say moving pictures, films. And he prepares the setting – the setting is so important!

Like tonight. For a moment I was carried away.
We had our drinks on the terrace above the rocks. The moon came out, a full moon; that’s why we had our drinks on the terrace in the first place. To watch the full moon.
Peter suggested after the second glass of white wine, “Shall we walk to the rocks Melanie?”
I had been pretty comfortable in my armchair looking at the sea, the water glimmering at my feet. A slight breeze was cooling me off ; I had spent the day sunbathing, my skin was shivering, the breeze felt cool.

I should have thought that the water would be cold. Plus, I can not walk down the rocks on my high heels.
“Let me help you Melanie,” he said, Peter – and his voice, so warm and melodic – I can not resist.
“Yes,” I let my long dress fall off my body on the rocks. I followed him in the water. When I realized it was deep, I panicked.
“Don’t worry Melanie, I am here”. Next, he was standing on a rock with his hands extended towards me helping me to float, instructing me how to swim in his steady voice.
I started laughing. It was so ridiculous.

You may repeat the same process as a writing exercise for a prescribed time, maximum 10-15 minutes. You can play it with friends and family. Get inspired by your chosen images. The less you know about the painting or image the best for your imagination to take over!

Here is a photo to start …enjoy!
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Reference the photo of the painting:

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/andrews-melanie-and-me-swimming-t02334

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