Furniture painting and music are a big part of what makes me happy. I’ve always been fascinated by Janice Joplin’s music. Although she was a rebellious spirit and lost control of her life with her drug abuse, her music remained pure and beautiful! Her raspy voice and sad songs made her a “one of a kind” in the rock and roll world. I often wonder where she would be now if she didn’t abuse drugs and alcohol. Anyway, I don’t think there will ever be another like her. I have so many memories of driving in my 1970 Thunderbird, windows down, and “Bobby McGee” blasting on the radio while I sang at the top of my lungs. It was a feeling that I’ll always cherish. The sense of freedom, happiness, and sadness all at once and a story that was unforgettable. In thinking about that era, I must say that I’ve only experienced that emotion in the music of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
Yesterday, as I decided what color to paint my new piece of furniture, I picked up a can of General Finish’s “Pearl Effects” finish. I usually don’t paint anything white but I really wanted to get the full effect of this beautiful finish so I decided to paint my vintage dresser white. I couldn’t help myself as I added a couple of other colors. I chose a little gray and gold; but, just a little after all, my goal was to keep it whiteish!! Ha! I believe I accomplished my goal.
As I painted, layered and glazed I was inspired by that song again while it played on the radio. I thought it was only fitting to dig out my poster of her and display it with my newly repainted dresser! I now have two Pearls! I believe that everything from our past, both positive and negative, molds us into the person we are today. Even though Janice Joplin might be considered a “train wreck” in some people’s opinion, I think she left us in awe of the way in which we feel and look at music.
I’ve always said that people living a life of addiction and self-destruction are hurting people. They do everything full tilt and at a hundred percent. They go from zero to a hundred with no in between in everything they do. They love hard, hate hard and have extreme highs and lows. Mixed in with all of that is a whole lot of talent. If we just listen, there are so many stories to tell and they can be told in our art without a single note or word!
So, this piece of furniture is not only a piece of furniture; it is beautiful in itself, just as Janice and her music were. I hope we never lose our creative minds. Now, every time I look at my hand painted dresser I will always go back to that day in the car listening to Janice Joplin. I hope you find your “pearl” today.