Discussing Lifeson's painting.
Smith: And you paint? I didn't know you were a painter.
Lifeson: I'm not really.
Smith: You Renaissance man.
Lifeson: I really enjoy it. I love it. I enjoyed art in school. I've always done little drawings and stuff like that. I don't really know what I'm doing with the painting, but I experiment. I got into it about six or seven years ago. I got a request from the Kidney Foundation in Canada to get involved with their... with a program that they run annually, where they get different celebrity artists.
Smith: Then they auction them?
Lifeson: Right, they auction it. It's called… Brush of Hope, I think. I did a painting, just a little acrylic painting on the little board they send you, with the little paints that they give you.
Smith: Did it have numbers on it?
Lifeson: No numbers. It sold for $7,000 or $8,000. I was so thrilled, as they were.
Smith: [Claps] I bet. Do you want some peppa?
Lifeson: Sure. Most of these things sell for between $25 and $100... thank you. It was a pretty big deal. They asked me to come back, and I thought, "For sure." This is a great idea. Since then, I now buy my own canvasses. I do bigger canvasses. I spent a couple thousand dollars on paints, so I can do some really decent-quality work. I still don't know what I'm doing.
Smith: So what?
Lifeson: I'm still experimenting. A lot of stuff, I kind of redo and paint over. But it's getting there. I really enjoy it.
Smith: Do you have a studio at your place? What do you do?
Lifeson: I sit at the table… the dining room table.
Smith: Not like …
Lifeson: No. I laid out a bunch of newspaper, and set everything up where it's nice and sunny, and a couple of lamps when I'm working in the evening. I got a little tabletop easel, so I can set it up there, and get a different perspective on it.
Smith: That's so cool.
Lifeson: The last one I did …
Smith: You could start painting guitars.
Lifeson: You know, I was asked to do that, again for a charity. There's something about working on a canvas that makes it realer. It takes it out of what the other thing that I do.
Smith: Yeah, that's true. That makes sense. I get it.
Lifeson: In fact, they ran a series of an earlier painting, and it got prints and sold a few hundred, for $100 or something.
Smith: You can retire.