the decorating diaries: here’s what i know about jackson pollock #jacksonpollock #thedecoratingdiaries

For this post, I’m going to do something that makes me nervous. I don’t want to sound silly, but I also want to test myself. So, here goes. Without doing any fact checking, I’m going to tell you a few things that I know about Jackson Pollock. It may seem foolhardy – what with everything and more available at the other end of my finger tips – but today I fancy living life in the fast lane of false truths, memory loss and self-made myth. Here goes… 

1. Jackson Pollock’s ‘Blue Poles’ was the most expensive piece ever bought by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in the 1980s – AKA when my young brain liked superlatives and didn’t care much for facts. There was much uproar – about the purchase not my brain.

2. Jackson Pollock liked to smoke cigarettes and dry the dishes at the same time.

3. Jackson Pollock was mercurial, mad, maddening and looked a lot like Ed Harris. Or is it the other way around?

4. Jackson Pollock was a genius because he painted in fractals. I know this because last year there was a documentary that matched the MrMr’s love of maths and science to my love of art and culture and peace descended upon our household.

5. Julianne Moore is amazing. I know this because of Pollock and that scene where she flies through the air on a trapeze all naked, bobbed of hair with paint pot and brush in hand.

6. Jackson Pollock dropped lots of stuff in his paintings. Hair, cigarette butts, fingernails, bodily fluids, blah blah blah.

And now I reach the actual point of this brain dump (finally, you sigh). The thing is, I’ve been masking, priming and painting my beautiful bookshelves, and try as I might, there is no such thing as a dust free surface. Yes, I prepped all proper like. Exiling the Goose, vacuuming, dusting down, wet cloths, white spirit, more vacuuming. I’ve come to realise, however, that a perfect finish is impossible. So instead of worrying about the minor – soon to be magnified to major by an imminent visit from La M-I-L Francaise – flaws, I’m gleefully following in the path of a grand modern master. If Jackson can do it and still sell for millions, I’m pretty sure my new flat won’t depreciate too much as a result of an eyelash or two.

 In other news, this week I’ve been inspired by: #thedecoratingdiaries #decorating #inspiration #interiors

All images sourced via here.

Read previous Decorating Diaries posts here.

BTW, can anyone tell me if I’m wrong re: the facts above? Go on, I know you want to.


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