It appears that my 3 AM musings are a slight bit off from my usual performance.
I'll wait a day next time so the story can sink in better.
However, there were some points that I wanted to bring up.
One can even extend this further and hope.. that possibly the Boys art would help in reuniting his parents.
BAM. This is the argument that I was trying to make. The problem is that there just aren't any major threads in the story that lead to this point.
And yes, Kai, looking back on it, he does seem to like his mom a lot more than he likes his dad. He's trying to impress his mom in this story. In fact, a couple lines even suggest that he dislikes his father:
Odd, that a man with so little ambition could rise to greater heights than such a driven woman.
I'll avoid describing his repressed oedipal complex towards his mother in favor of a more valid argument; he likes his mother more. Therefore...
The boy is simply trying to impress his mom
I agree with this. Let's move on.
by painting the mountains and trying to be original about it, adding the trees and the snow in an attempt to enhance whats already there, hoping that she would slowly come around.
I disagree with this. See quote:
He has darkened them and added imagined snow and trees in an effort to salvage his vision, but it has only shattered the realism of the image,
so doesn't this imply that he is using the snow and trees to HIDE his errors, (and it is the reason why he thinks the painting is worthless? Because he can't capture the exact object, he tries to repress his errors but ends up just failing at drawing?
*Reads through that long paragraph twice. Again.*
Yeah, his parents aren't that different. But they're fighting. Hense, conflict. They're definitely not the same. And he is DEFINITELY leaning towards his mother's side. I don't hear much about how he respects his father and wants his attention. So his relation to both parents certainly isn't equal.
Lastly, end quote:
That is certainly true. His parents, he feels, would be much happier if they ever talked to one another about anything that really mattered. They are like strangers in the same house.
He begins to draw by the light of the streetlights, carefully marking out every sparkling piece of stolen starlight, catching the barely-visible variations of light and dark and taking hold of them, making a city that stands out vividly against the darkness, holding the night at bay with its thousands of tiny artificial suns.
As the drawing takes shape, the cat departs, unnoticed, satisfied that her task is complete.
The conclusion that Kai makes "he makes a masterpiece" shows in the second paragraph here. This is what you both paid the most attention to. My problem was that I was reaaaallly hung up on the first paragraph.
My problem was with the idea that the story was about the painting. In my opinion, it's not ABOUT the painting. Yes, "realizations" involving artistic talent are noteworthy, but if his realizations remain confined in an artistic sphere, this kid might live a pretty sorry existence. He can be the greatest artist in the world, but he'll still be up on the roof away from the rest of his family.
Instead, I decided to focus on what the painting would DO, namely, stop the parents from fighting. But the boy doesn't even seem to CARE about his parents by the end of the story. It was all him, HIS work, ME ME ME.
By the end of the story, I wanted him to come down, say nothing to his parents, and simply hang up his drawing outside his room for his parents to see, eventually. Instead, at this point it seems like he's going to keep his achievements for himself.
His parents, he feels, would be much happier if they ever talked to one another about anything that really mattered. They are like strangers in the same house.
That's the only interaction he plans with his parents by the end. Thanks, you're a great kid!
....lol, I tend to want other people's stories to conform to my standards a lot of the time. I apologize for that.
...I also apologize for this absurdly long post. I'm still trying to come to grips with your story, so thank you for your comments and time.