After all, it’s just paint

skater tag (04 Aug 2011)

skater tag (04 Aug 2011)

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Seven o’clock yesterday … a man’s voice calling my name. I had earlier thrown open the french doors to let in the summer morning. Jim, the painter, was about to begin work on the exterior of the house I am looking after for friends.

This morning, as I left for work, Jim and Shaun were up on the roof, stripping the old paint off the eaves.

Walking to the bus stop, I wondered how they were going to deal with the stucco – a feature of the 1920s house’s exterior. I was also curious about the new colour scheme.

Stephen Wright (American actor and writer) once said: “It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to have to paint it.”

Danny Kaye, on the other hand, said: “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.”

Vincent van Gogh’s advice is pertinent: “If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint … and that voice will be silenced.”

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