Monday, 15 August 2011

Painting The Town?

"You can always tell a tradesman
by the way he keeps his tools."
said our art school teacher.
"It's one of the golden rules.

Buy brushes of the very best -
and they will serve you well,
if you clean them after use."
Who didn't listen? You can tell!


Thanks for your painterly Magpie Tales prompt, Tess, which reminded me of this very handy tip that I've always tried to follow!

29 comments:

Brigid O'Connor said...

Nice one, Jinksy, did you obey the rules?

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Nice! I always believe that it is how we handle our tools after using it that makes it more useful.

Nice take!

JJRod'z

jabblog said...

I never leave enough time to clean my tools . . . :-/

Anvilcloud said...

Not just everyone would think of putting messy tools into verse.

Brian Miller said...

oh but how beautiful the mess can be...true though as they are hard to go back and clean when you need....

Helen said...

Oh Penny ... this is so true! Love what you did with the photo, a masterpiece.

Berowne said...

Clever take on the prompt...

Mama Zen said...

Perfect!

Words A Day said...

I listened, I promise!:)

Isabel said...

great use of the photo and a great reminder to clean your brushes

Susannah said...

Nicely done and very true! :-)

Helena said...

lol.....so sweet, funny, succinct! I was too busy staring into Mr.Hart's (yes, that really was my old art teacher's name!) to follow rules! Ooooh - that mullet!!

izzy said...

Oh yeah RATS! I forget sometimes! thanks for the reminder-

Helena said...

ps....I meant his 'eyes' by the way!!

Kristen Haskell said...

I still have a brush from my teen years. It is a makeup brush does that count? I paid a lot for it then. I wash it and still use it today.

Jenne' R. Andrews said...

lovely-- imaginative use of the prompt! xxxj

Tumblewords: said...

Nicely colored reminder. Brava!

Henry Clemmons said...

Easier said then done. Great job.

Crystal Pistol said...

Well done. Great blog. I'm new here. I'll be back!

NitWit1 said...

This is the cardinal rule for artists whose brushes are expensive. But even house painters will say the same thing and these brushes are the hardest to clean.

Strummed Words said...

I need to hang your poem up at my house! Very nice.

Rathnashikamani said...

Lovely poem!

Ann Grenier said...

Yes house painting brushes need the same kind treatment - sometimes I'm good about washing them quickly :-)

Susan Scheid said...

Nice one!

Margaret said...

:) My 4 and 10 year old used my expensive water color brushes the other day to paint me an acrylic painting. It IS great and I do LOVE it. I was horrified, thought to find my $40 paintbrushes with kids paint all over them ... dry and ruined. I took many deep breaths... ;P And keep reminding myself I will cherish these paintings for a long, long time. I will post them on my art blog soon...

hyperCRYPTICal said...

True indeed!

Anna :o]

Mary said...

Clever combination of creative flair on this week's prompt. I like it a lot, Jinksey.

Erratic Thoughts said...

Oh yeah you brought back some art-room memories there :)
We had a list of such (useful) instructions which had underlying meanings but I never understood them then...

Trellissimo said...

Another bravura performance with pen and bamboo both.