Return to Painting a rock to make it look more like a rock (idea)

When [reality] isn't real enough it becomes [aesthetically] necessary to make it more real through [artificial] means.

In [film] making, there are times when real rocks are removed from the set and replaced with [styrofoam] replicas because the real rocks just didn't look right. The [color] was all wrong. The [shape] was [inconsistent] with the crew's [expectations] for rocks. Reality simply is not [dependable] enough.

After all, they do [paint] oranges orange because people want their oranges to be [orange].

So, you've just purchased a rock and you want to [show it to your friends]. Be wary. If your rock does not look like what they think a rock should look like they will not be [impressed]. Going to use the rock as a [centerpiece] during dinner? Splurge and buy some rock colored paint and paint that baby the right colors. No use risking [dinner conversation] taking terrible [tangent|tangents] when your guests [question reality|question] the [veracity] of your rock.

[Quiet on the set]. Makeup! Your [complexion] is too pale. We need to paint it to make it look [like real skin].

Building a [model]? Designing a [set]? Selling food products to the [general population]? Serving a refreshing [beverage] to a distinguished [clientele]? You might wish to consider stocking up on paints, dyes and colorings. People don't care for dull, [murky] liquids and foods that lack a jazzy, [glowing] color. In an [advanced civilization] there is no [room for error]. If the real thing just doesn't look real enough you'll need to paint that rock to make it look more like a rock. Reality has never been so [tenuous].