Acrylic anger

December 3, 2009

“I have been drawing and painting since as far back as I can remember.  In almost every childhood picture of me I have a pacifier in my mouth and a crayon in my hand.  Art class was my refuge in high school.

I drew or painted almost every day until my first year of college.  I don’t know how it happened, but I got it into my head that I was a big fraud.  I had a sinking feeling that I somehow wasn’t a real artist, and it was only a matter of time before everyone else figured it out.  I didn’t make art for years.

Then one day not too long ago, something happened that made me angry.  And not just regular angry – burning with the fire of a thousand suns angry.  I stormed into my apartment and had the thought that I was either going to light the place on fire or find a way to channel my energy elsewhere.  After briefly considering what prison would be like, I chose the latter.  Without thinking I grabbed my paint brushes and this picture just fell out of me onto the canvas. Talk about therapy!

Making this painting reignited my inspiration.  Lately I can’t seem to stop, and my tiny little apartment is losing walking space every week as I get canvas after canvas.  These days I am much less angry.”

-Story and art by Rachel Rolseth in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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You are truly a blessed person if you have the privilege of entering the mystical world of Medieval Times. And if the Big Lady above is really looking out for you, you may even get two visits under your armor.  Once you know the wenches by name, you become a M.T.G. (Medieval Times’ Groupie) – just like The Cable Guy.  I won’t judge what I may one day become.


Photo stolen from Darren Lasso esquire all rights reserved

I learned a few important things as a big kid at Medieval Times.

1. The Green Knight of Asturius is the hot-tempered warrior. He’s arrogant and stubborn – the exact qualities that most women desire. He was my favorite. I met him after the show, and I was very disappointed to learn that he was a modest, polite man – there wasn’t even a hint of sarcasm or annoyance in his voice.

2. There are only nine castles in the United States. What a shame. I can knock off the Illinois & New Jersey Castles from my hot-spot destination list.  Lucky maiden I am.

3. Don lofre Santa Creu, aka the B&W Knight, always wins.  It would have been good to know that secret prior to sitting in the blue section. The Blue Knight blows. I did feel some compassion for him as we left the castle. He looked blue so I told him he put up a good fight (a special moment captured on camera).  He didn’t though. Green Knight should have won.

4. Perspectives change. The knights looked a tad bit different than I remembered as a 9-year-old kid. The shock didn’t hit me until I saw the knights up-close. I’d guess these guys might be around 19 or 20-years-old max.  Not how I remembered them at all.

5. I’m digging the long-haired Legends of the Fall, Brad Pitt-look. I feel a comeback. When the economy starts growing, mark my word, the hair will too.

6. Eating the feast without utensils was not as thrilling to me as an adult. It’s just the norm. Maybe I should re-evaluate my dining style.

7. As I was told by my teenage waiter, and retold by Don Temple, there is no after-party at Medieval Times.

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