Blog Education Not Wishing to Follow in Van Gogh's Footsteps.....

Not Wishing to Follow in Van Gogh’s Footsteps…..

By Tracy Dau, September 19, 2019

You might have heard that many of Van Gogh’s paintings are fading. The artists famous Sunflower paintings, which contain petals and stems, once vibrant and ‘yellow’, look as if they are literally withering to an olive-brown color as a result of his use of a light-sensitive yellow paint. Many of his contemporaries used several pigments that discolored over time; blue’s, red’s and yellow’s are all primary colors that like to fade back then. But guess what? Those colors still like to fade because they are cadmium based.

That’s why it’s incredibly important to buy HIGHER quality paint if you plan on painting your house yellow, red, or shades of blue. Most often color fading is due to the quality of the paint in regards to color retention. When the paint is of low quality, the upper layers of the paint quickly begin to peel off. The paint coating chalks off, and the color fades out. Color fading happens with excessive exposure to sunlight as well. The UV radiation is harsh to the pigmentation of the paint especially bright blue, yellow and red. If you decide on this palette of colors, as we are doing with our current project, its best to spend the bucks and look into a brand like Benjamin Moore’s Aura. Yes, it costs way more them something at Miller Paints or Sherwin Williams, but it’s worth it. You won’t come home to a chalky looking paint job after a few years.

Tracy Dau

Broker | Earth Advantage | OR


When you meet Tracy Dau, it doesn’t take long to realize where her true passions lie.  She loves houses and loves matching her clients with the place that’s perfect for them.  Ask her clients and they’ll tell you she’s a whirlwind of energy, a juggler of projects, a creative force, a good listener and a tireless advocate.  She comes to the job with a vision for what’s possible and the background to make that happen. Maybe it’s because she grew up in the breathtaking town of Juneau Alaska, where it rains 250 days a year.  It’s the kind of place where you either give into gloomy weather or dig deep and find the will to preserve. Maybe it’s because her folks instilled in her the drive to succeed. For the past sixteen years she has gutted and restored many houses, using any opportunity to work with her hands. Blending her formal training as a fine artist and designer with her experience as a builder, these old-house remodels have become her creative canvas. Her time as a product developer and architectural consultant at Rejuvenation House Parts introduced her to a community of like-minded folks who encouraged her to become a REALTOR®. She is drawn to vintage homes. The artist in her is drawn to their detail, the builder in her to their craftsmanship. Their charm and imperfections make them all the more fascinating and soulful. That’s what drew her to her first home. Stripped of all her painted-lady features, she sat sadly on a corner lot in SE Portland waiting to be loved and cared for. She had a yard full of shopping carts, a tree that had grown through her facade, motor-oil soaked mattresses and a basement full of the neighbor’s missing car parts, and yet, in spite of this her husband Nate and Tracy bought and fixed her up. This renovation lead to the next house-love-affair, followed by another and another. It only made sense to apply this knowledge and the valuable lessons learned along the way to help others looking to buy or improve their own homes. Which brings me to why she became a REALTOR®. Tracy chose this job because she is passionate about houses and loves the chance to develop relationships with her clients. When you choose to work with Tracy, she will advocate for your best interests, guide you through the home buying process and protect you from the stressful moments as they inevitably arise. She will advise you every step of the way to enable you to make good decisions, stay centered and reach your goals. Even after your  transaction has come to an end, Tracy is still available to answer your questions and help with your home projects. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. Her hobbies include teaching her children, Lander and Olivia, about nature, hunting for sea creatures, spotting birds, drinking bourbon in the winter and gin in the summer, eating chocolate and traveling to warm destinations.
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