Saturday, August 30, 2008

IF--Memories

Memories, Sketch, 8.5" x 8"
© 2008 Fannie Narte


The smell of coffee brewing reminds me of my mom's home and my childhood. The smell of leather makes me think of my first new car, a Datsun B-210. The smell of chlorine reminds me of the days my daughters and I spent visiting friends at the nursing home. The smell of barbecue on a grill reminds me of our family performing at outdoor luaus.

Memories can be triggered by a song, a word, an emotion, or an aroma. The smell of flowers brings memories of leis, Hawaii, music, the beach, and my friends and family.


What triggers your memories?
Fannie

12 comments:

INDIGENE said...

A lovely post with delicate illustration!

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Heather P said...

Scents -- every waft of Chanel #5 brings back memories of my mother

Sounds -- very evocative. Hearing a familiar piece of music can take me back in time.

The seasons -- I love autumn. Growing up in Ohio, fall was glorious -- the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows of the foliage, the smell and the sound of falling leaves crunching under your shoes, crisp air, the taste of apples and cider. Although we don't get the cool air or as much of the color here in Texas, we still get a certain quality of light in the fall that makes me nostalgic.

I love your sketch!

morningDove said...

I love this sketch of the smell of flowers and i love the tickets in the background from Amer. idol. Way to go!!

Fantastic Figments said...

Heather hit home with me Autumn ultimately the best time of the year and the crispness in the air reminds me on my childhood in the Adirondack Park .. carefree... uninhibited... no burdens.

I noticed that you added Italy in your illustration. Any particular reason.. I love Italy I studied there (also 100% Italian) ... Now the smell of Italy definitely brings back memories!

Smooches my dear Fannie.

Fannie said...

Thanks, Indigene!

Heather, I loved reading about your memories. Thanks for sharing. Scents, Sounds, Seasons--that phrase is inspiring. I'm feeling a bit nostalgic because of your comments. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Hi, Dove. Yes, AI. We enjoyed the concert, but also realized I enjoy watching the season's competitions on TV more than a live concert. Nothing to do with the excellent talent. I think it has to do with age . . .

Hi, Steph! Italy--I want to visit there some day. My dream . . . I missed out on a chance to go there this past summer, and I'm afraid Italy has been on my mind ever since. I want to visit the historical sites, museums, art, etc.--take in the culture. 100% Italian--Fantastico!

Melinda Cornish said...

For me it is smells and music....When I hear a song, I almost always can go back to where it was playing when I first heard it...Certain smells trigger powerful memories too...I have an angel soap in a tin that smells just like my mom...I love that it is an angel and whenever I miss her, I open it and take a whiff...The funny thing is, it doesnt have a soap smell at all. I like to think it is her gift to me...Melinda

paulavicente.artfactu said...

Hello, i love reading about your memories. And about your work thank you for sharing with everybody your art. Because at this moment i´m your fan.

NANCY LEFKO said...

I have to agree that scent is the most powerful memory trigger...for me at least.

I use Palmolive dish soap at my studio sink because that is what my dad had at his house and it reminds me of when I was there and I would do the dishes...

the smell of lilacs reminds me of when I was teaching and the little girls would bring me a bunch of lilacs....mmmmm

...your illustration is lovely and so are your memories.

Jacq said...

Smells do remind me of many wonderful things. I think the funniest one for me is the smell of the diesel fuel when we are on a cruise ships. It brings back great memories of my childhood and the many ships we were on. I love it. My husband thinks I am a little wierd.

Fannie said...

Melinda, thanks for sharing your memories. Memories offer healing at times. Your mom is nearby and always in your heart.

Hi, Paula. Welcome, and thanks for visiting. I appreciate your comments.

Nancy, lilacs from your students, how precious is that! Wonderful memories. I imagine they have their own memories of having a great teacher like you!

Jacq, diesel fuel and cruise ships . . . happy memories. I would like to hear more about your cruising memories as a child. Please do share. ;-D

Roberta said...

So lovely...
music...triggers all kinds of memories!

Roberta said...

So lovely...
music...triggers all kinds of memories!