21 January 2022

Thoughts On a January Friday

Has this been an eek cold week or what!
Soup or chili, bread and butter weather.
Alas, indoors...Every major task I planned is waiting for me to show up. I...know you things of need to be done are there...give me space...i'm thinking...pre-doing.
The Shack, watercolor detail

Thus, in the wee hours of this day, awake early, I began the task of clearing out old files. I found notes, sketches, photos and such. Nostalgia. A thought! Why not put together a scrapbook of my art journeys!? Write the background to go with the pages, the why, where, and when of it all. 

Watercolor study 2013

The watercolor sketches are small, well inside a foot or so of space. I like to paint in the smaller dimensions. Folks in the past have suggested I paint larger. I agree where acrylics are concerned. I don't agree  using watercolors.

Tree Perspective 2010

Vaguely I remember the "Tree Perspective," series. I think the drawing is for off beat greeting cards. 

What we go through in life is worthy of creating a scrapbook. It can be a rewarding gift we make for ourselves. 


30 comments:

Debbie Nolan said...

Maywyn love seeing your lovely art. That is a great idea of placing them in a scrapbook. I too paint smaller works. Hope you are staying warm. Hugs!

Boud said...

I think your work deserves to be honored. A scrapbook and history sounds right.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Debbie,
Hoping y'all are staying safe and warm as well. It has been a chilly winter. Your beautiful artwork in a book would be wonderful. Hugs with fleece!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Liz,
Thank you
Creating a personal scrapbook all about the me person, sounds weird because I'm use to thinking of scrapbooks as being for places, events, other people. It will be fun to do a me scrapbook.

wendy said...

Oh I love your artwork Maywyn 😀😀 My blog is pretty much my scrap book

Marie Smith said...

A scrapbook sounds perfect! Beautiful art!

William Kendall said...

Very well done.

It's bloody cold out there.

Red Rose Alley said...

Yes, this is definitely cold weather, and doing projects inside is a great idea. A scrapbook of your art sounds delightful, and you can look back on it when you want to. I like what you said at the end. Years ago, I started to write short stories about my childhood, so my children would know a little about their Mom's growing up. I put them all in a binder, and gave them a copy when ever I wrote a story. Your artwork should definitely be collected and saved. There is much talent when you paint.

~Sheri

kathyinozarks said...

I loved seeing your art-excellent idea to put these into a journal hoping you are warm it has been super cold here most of the week

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Wendy,
Your blog is an absolute joy to read!
Thank you. I hope to get back to watercolors soon.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Thank you, Marie
It will be interesting to see what folks out there are doing with their art journey scrapbooks.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Thank you, William
The cold is brutal!
I realized today feels colder to me than last week because I was indoors most of last week when it was colder. lol

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Thank you, Sheri
Gifting your stories to your children melts is such a wonderful thing to do. It is a great idea for folks to take up and do as well.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

that should read...melts the heart,...

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Kathy,
I hope y'all are warm indoors there. The weather patterns have been whacky this winter. I think of your cast iron skillet posts, and crave hot cornbread with butter. lol

Lorrie said...

How lovely to see your art, Maywyn. A scrapbook chronicling your history with art would be a great project. Stay warm!

Becki said...

I love the way you think, May. Yes, I think our lives deserve to be made into scrapbooks. And your art would look lovely in one. "Pre-doing". That's a keeper expression; I must find a way to use it. :)

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Thank you, Lorrie
The sunshine is a great mood booster during theses cold winter days.
Stay warm

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Becki,
Pre-doing is a take off from a UVM literature course where the professor said thinking about what to write about, is pre-writing. Brainstorming without written. notes. :)

Jenny Woolf said...

That's a lovely idea. I have occasionally made little albums and really enjoy it though often they are of photographs I particularly like.

Jeanie said...

I love seeing your art -- and I agree about size of paper with watercolor. Most of my stuff is 5x7. I've done an occasional 8x10 but not often. Your study particularly intrigues me -- It reminds me of something I've wanted to paint for a while -- mountains but the colors are almost painterly -- and just didn't feel confident enough. It has such a wonderful quality, your painting. Very mystical. And I love the tree! I'm glad other people save their stuff. I put my paintings in page protectors in a big binder (now two big binders) -- even the bad ones. Sometimes I go back and try to "fix" them because I'm better now. But it reminds me where I came from and what practice and finding your own voice can do.

I have been "pre-doing" my filing cabinet too and really should get to the "doing" part. I walk into the room, look around and walk out, shaking my head as to how I let it get so bad. The trouble with file cabinets is that you can work hours on them and no one sees or knows but you! Well done. Great projects for cold days.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh yes, that tree is definitely greeting card worthy! It reminds me of another artist (quite famous too) whose name is totally escaping me at the moment. I do love the idea of a scrapbook of your art accompanied by note on the why/how/thoughts behind it. Leafing through it in time to come can do nothing but spark additional ideas for further works. Hope you go beyond the 'pre-doing' and actually do it!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Jenny,
Favorite photo albums are free therapy to me always a cheerful experience (unlike pay for therapy).

Interior design magazine cut outs are especially fun. I write notes in the margins to remind me why at that time I like the design.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

"...walk into the room, look around, and walk out..."
LOL! I burst out laughing!
I know that experience so well. I tried to sort, and did. The problem is all the sorteds are now scattered among shelves, bins, files and who knows where. :)

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Maryanne,
There is a scrapbook with the plastic cover pages I began last fall. I think I will keep it going for my artwork only, adding my notes. I can use another scrapbook for the magazine cut outs.
The tree drawing goes back to an exercise from grade school where we had to draw roots with the flowers growing. :)

Graham Edwards said...

My life's photos are my scrap book.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Graham,
Photo scrapbooks are a wonderful look at life.
Remembering the first pictures taken anchor a sense of accomplishment.

Debra said...

Your watercolor paintings are beautiful. I do hope you are doing more!!! Please do.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Debra,
Thank you for the encouragement.
I believe I will be doing more watercolors in the near future. :)

carol l mckenna said...

Yes, would love to see more of your lovely watercolors ~ and kudos to you for clean out of files ~ Xo

Wishing you lots of loving moments,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)