Nostalgia

I’m working on clearing my studio in preparation for building a design preview/photo backdrop wall. To accomplish this, I am spending time going through boxes of papers. I found the first print I ever purchased from the junior high era of my life– of a small cubist-style painting (Jacques Villon, 1941, The Kitchen Garden a la Brunie) from the Cleveland Museum of Art with seafoam green, lilac, and pale coral — colors that I recall were my favorite crayon choices in grade school. It has delicious brushwork, soft-edged overlaps of light colors over darker linear elements. I still like it. But the real nostalgia was uncovering drawings in marker by my children when they were preschoolers and in kindergarden. What delightful spontaneity, pure drawing of what you know instead of what you see. I think there is value in this brief trip down memory lane, but I’m still trying to identify exactly what that value is.

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