February 21, 2008 9:50am CST
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ---Danny Kaye
• Cambridge, England
21 Feb 08
I guess that that saying ought to be Rolph Harris's rather than Danny Kaye's! He is right, though. Jackson Pollock made a living out of it, why shouldn't we? OK ... the reasons for not just throwing paint at a canvas are fairly obvious. Just random throwing of paint isn't art and most people will not be convinced that it is. Some kind of order, a theme, a selection of colors, a pattern or a balance is required before you are going to convince people to hang you on their wall. You have to 'say' something. You have to have some meaning to your family, friends and acquaintances (or fans). There must be a discernible integrity. I understand Danny Kaye's description. It is up to us to make what we can out of life ... not to just put up a blank board and expect others to put things on it. Our life is our 'Profile' (in MySpace and MyLot terms). What we do with it - how we show it to others - is part of who we are and how we want to be seen. Choose the colors of your paint carefully but do not mind too much if some mud gets mixed in. Look at the colour you are putting on the canvas: it probably has a place but if it doesn't fit, don't be afraid to wash your brush and start over!