When the great artist, Picasso, creator of Guernica, first
visited the caves at Lascaux in France to see the paintings of our ancestors, he said,
“We have learned nothing in thirty thousand years.”
What did he mean? Of course, he was astounded by the brilliant artistry, but he was also struck by humankind’s lack of growth and development creatively over the millennia. We could claim no real improvements as people.
So where do you stand? Are you with Picasso?
To what degree have we evolved in our knowledge of what it means to be human and how to adjust our actions to reflect our growing knowledge?
That question is just one of many themes in The Wondrous Apothecary which I’ve been writing over the past year. This is my seventh novel and I cannot decide if The Trilogy of Remembrance [The Drawing Lesson, The Fate of Pryde and Night Crossing] should become a quartet.
Alexander Wainwright is a visionary landscape painter and star of The Trilogy of Remembrance. He also stars in [and has a co-star, Rinaldo] in The Wondrous Apothecary. Everyone loves the numinous light suffusing Alex’s work. They gasp and then whisper—“Such divine light! It’s like seeing the beyond.” Rinaldo is a famous conceptual artist.
After a year of work, this novel has a beginning, middle and end, but still much editing lies ahead. Which is usually a tough slog. The excitement and joy of the initial creative act has slipped away quietly in the dead of night! And it’s often where those difficult questions come out. So let me know what you think.
Have we made such progress in the arts and humanities that we can be proud. Or do you stand with Picasso?
What is the Wondrous Apothecary about?
Rinaldo, the famous conceptual artist, has been remanded by the judge to a mental hospital. The question? Is he fit to stand trial on trumped up criminal charges?
On his arrival, he sees people [mostly patients] no one else can see. Those poor souls are from decades back and cry out in pain as they are led to the treatment rooms.
What is Rinaldo seeing? Visions? Apparitions? Or has he experienced a time slip?
Rinaldo is obsessed with collaborating with the renowned landscape artist, Alexander Wainwright. Although both of them are diametrically opposed in their art, personalities and world views, the bond between them is as powerful as the magnetic force of absolute attraction and repulsion. And yet, it so elusive, it defies definition. Both of them wonder if they trust each other enough to form a shared vision and collaborate.
Follow the paths of these two artists in a suspenseful tale of art, passion and liberation. First Alex will take you to the inspiring art of our ancestors buried deep in the Chauvet caves of France.
Cast a suspicious eye about this mental hospital where medical experimentation was performed years ago and is perhaps secretly practised today. Can Alexander liberate Rinaldo from this state?
At last you’ll be taken to their holographic universe where the freedom of cutting edge art allows them to collaborate in their first magnificent creation.
Have I enticed you? Here’s Chapter One.
If you like the story, you might want to read the three novels of The Trilogy of Remembrance [The Drawing Lesson, The Fate of Pryde and Night Crossing] where our artist Alexander Wainwright appears.
Please leave a comment. Love to hear from you! If you’ve never explored such caves. you might enjoy this video.
Mary E. Martin is the author of two trilogies: The Osgoode Trilogy, inspired by her many years of law practice; and The Trilogy of Remembrance, set in the glitter and shadows of the art world. Both Trilogies will elevate the reader from the rush and hectic world of today and spin them into realms of yet unimagined intrigue. Be inspired by the newly released and final installment of The Trilogy of Remembrance, Night Crossing.
Why not take a moment to explore the trilogies right here? Just click on the gold coin.