...to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line. -H D Thoreau

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be
to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. -
T. S. Eliot

18.8.10


A semiretired backdrop tool, that has been to the paintbrush hospital way too many times.


76 ... In Hong Kong workers mopped up behind us with the reek of benzene as though we were stinky Americans. There was an amazing lack of unemployed citizens and dirty smells. Early morning in front of the work place we’d notice men on their knees scrubbing the white lines on the street using acetone and a toothbrush.
Describing the aroma inside the elevator left us competing for superlatives. This bouquet of sweaty chrome landed somewhere between spicy incense and unpopular feral swine. ...

Happy TT ... I'm back for the moment.

28 comments:

  1. Welcome back! I was as well, but th' moment passed...

    I'm envisioning the "street cleaners"...punishment of some sort?

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  2. Funny, I just dug out all my crusty old patina-ed paint brushes this week. I'm feeling inspired and excited to see where this fall will lead.

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  3. nice brush...looks like it has been loved...interesting vignette...i wonder too are they being punished...odd the vast contrast in the scent too..

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  4. Thanks toupe! See you over at your places! -J

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  5. ew. describes my workspace, actually, the odors. reminds me of Dante as he waxes poetic on the senses of hell

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  6. that brush is a work of art. nice TT piece.

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  7. glad you're back, jayne... this paintbrush is a work of art.

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  8. Yeah, but did you see Jackie Chan???

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  9. That brush has become art all in itself!

    Not sure about those smells, though! LOL!

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  10. That is a gorgeously used looking paint brush. I like seeing tools like that: brush, hammer, axe. All indicating that their owner has taken them seriously and actually 'done' something with them. Would that I could wield other than a house-paint brush.

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  11. gosh this brush would get along swell with all of mine... and love your new inmate...xx's

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  12. Looks like a very well-loved paintbrush.

    Scrubbing with acetone and a toothbrush? Doesn't sound too healthy. :)

    My TT will be up this evening.

    PG

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  13. Hey, before I forget to ask... is that new banner from your minotaur piece?

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  14. Cat, funny how brushes find their own tribe, too.

    Jeff, yes, it's from the Minotaur work. The base Minoand Perseus image is an old etching from one of the Pre-Raphaelite painters, whose name (I can't believe this) escapes me just now.

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  15. that brush is beautiful - I'd hang it on my wall as art - the colors layered stories on that worldly instrument. Happy Theme Thursday.

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  16. Oh my dear. To re live that. All true. Spot on. I still can't beleive we did that! March in to another country and make art and magic happen in the middle of the night to the delights of masses of the morning.

    You post a snippet of your travels and they are so mythic that many assume they are contrived.

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  17. That brush is certainly a veteran! And I'm sure each drop and dribble and splatter on it is a story all on its own. Great post.

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  18. I think I would have to take the stairs! Happy TT!

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  19. Great take on the Theme, really liked the pictures this one brought in my head!

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  20. that brush creates art, and looks like art too.. nice :D

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  21. No words necessary with a brush like that. I'm sure it has some stories to tell.

    But yeah, scrubbing the white lines on the street? That's one way to address unemployment.

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  22. A well-used tool is the best kind. It shows determination on the part of its user.

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  23. Hi! I have you on blogroll but I can't remember the last time you came up so I was pleased to see your new post. I notice you say you're "back for the moment" so perhaps that explains it.

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  24. Made all the more meaninful because it's your brush. Your artwork is stupendous.

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  25. Hello!
    With kiddos off to school this next week I am inspired to do some projects involving BRUSHES! Your old brush pictured looks as if it has authored many a creative project!

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  26. J - Do you still have that wonderful brush? must be in our new book. This Post will be the beginning of the story. What letter does it go under? 26 to choose from.
    L

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  27. Thanks to you all for stopping by for TT...

    L, I just can't decide... may I choose three? -J

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