Fic: Eye of the Beholder


Summary: One person’s art is another person’s rubbish.
Previously posted to a personal journal for the 30 days of fiction meme prompt #5 write a scene entirely in dialogue

“It’s a very interesting piece.”

“Interesting? How?”

“Well…it’s symbolic. Probably.”


“I don’t know. Stuff. Things that other things are symbolic of.”

“Oh, that’s deep. Unlike the colours.”

“It’s a watercolour. That’s actually a more difficult medium than oils, you know.”

“Incredibly difficult by the look of this.”


“Putting it mildly.”

“I mean that it has few connotations beyond what you, as the viewer, bring to it. It allows you to form your own opinion on the piece and any themes within it.”

“I see. I have an opinion.”


“It looks like a four year old painted it and then the cat piddled on it.”

4 thoughts on “Fic: Eye of the Beholder

  1. This was interesting. I was not assuming the first speaker was the painter until the defense of Watercolors but once I realized and went back to the start it made sense. I enjoyed the moment out l you evoked.

    Did you mean “than oils, thank you.” With the word thank or was the one speaker actually comparing “you” to a medium like oils??

    Also “It looks a four year old painted it” feels like it’s missing the word “like” (or a synonym, perhaps “as if”?) but maybe it’s the accent/dialect of the person speaking that makes it normal they’d leave out that word?


  2. Thank you for such indepth concrit 😀
    I never thought the first person was the painter but that would put a twist on it!
    The lines should read “than oils, you know.”
    “it looks like a four year old painted it”
    I really should get a beta reader!

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