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Let HBO's 'Painting With John' Gouache Over You

Watching musician/actor John Lurie paint and grumbly pontificate in an unnamed tropical locale is sometimes puzzling, often intriguing and always soothing.
John Lurie grumbles about art and life while painting watercolors as tree-frogs croak in the tropical night. It's weirdly calming. Source: HBO

"Bob Ross was wrong," grumbles musician/actor John Lurie, in a voice grown so gravelly it's like listening to a rock tumbler. It's late at night, he's bent over the watercolor he's painting in his home on what he only refers to as "a tiny island in the Caribbean." Between each sentence he delivers to the camera, the rhythmic peeping of tree-frogs outside his window reasserts itself.

"Everyone can't paint," he continues. "It's not true."

He goes on to modulate that stance somewhat — all kids are," he says, snickering.

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