"one man's trash is another man's treasure"
By far the MOST luckiest of all finds was when at the start of the year, alongside my gardener Henry, we took a trip out to the garden refuse dump. I hadn't been in months. As we had a few plastic items to dump, Henry directed me to park where typically I would not park.
I sat waiting in the car while he unloaded the boot. I thought how true was the saying "one man's trash is anot
her man's treasure". I looked up and noticed a plastic box, and felt COMPELLED to go n take a look. Never! I thought. I'm hardly the adventurous type and in fact a bit of a "bang-broek" (scardy-cat) ... besides, there's nothing I need.
But the compelling voice/force was such that I tentatively got out the car and ran
across to have a closer peek. NO WAY .... I could hardly believe what I saw. I picked it up - popped it in the car and sped home.
On opening the container, there I found about 60 tubes of high quality paint, W&N ... various series - as well as Maimeiri and Classico! Some were brand new. Later that week I calculated the monetary worth and by gosh ... it's alot !
I'm convinced that the paints had been tossed out by an unknowing family member ... and I get the feeling that this was likely at the death of a loved one ... where the family m
embers could not have known the worth and value of what they were throwing out.
So, here I am using these paints ... some of which are of colours I've not worked with before ... and now am expanding my palette. I do have a kind of melancholy about it too ... and hope that if these did belong to an artist who has since passed on, that they're looking down on me with a smile in seeing how much joy they're bringing to me.