The Awakening of Russell Henderson

Every Sunday, I try to post an excerpt from my novel, The Awakening of Russell Henderson. Here’s another. The book is available at

She saw my confusion and said, “What do you think?”

I stammered, “I’m not sure. I don’t know what to . . . or — ”

Meg smiled, “It’s abstract art. There’s no recognizable image and isn’t meant to depict anything other than to illicit emotions, feelings. Don’t try to see anything representational. Most people see a painting and expect a recognizable scene, or person, or something they can identify. Just look at this and let go of preconceptions.

“Early painters up through the late nineteenth century worked on portraying the world as it was, realistically, many times incorporating fantasy, mythology religious icons and such. The French Impressionists felt that representing what they painted as reality, like what everyone was doing, was not what they wanted to do. They were the first to start abstracting reality. Then Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques pushed abstraction even further with what they called Cubism. Then there were the Dadists. And now we have total abstraction that elicits pure emotion rather than any representation. There is still representative art and always will be. But I chose this genre and have done well with it. Sometime I want move away from this pure abstraction and to something else, but for now, this is what I do. It has served me well.”

 I noticed her as she had turned, talking to me, how she cocked her head and twirled a loose strand of her hair, exactly like Hanna did. It was very sexy.

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