Posted by: spottedfootprints | August 22, 2011

Reminiscing through the old.

It’s always endearing to look back upon old works. To blow the dust off of the container that holds pieces that date back into the high school years. Seeing the change from when you thought you were doing pretty good, to the now. Improvements? Oh, most definitely. Though it is quite interesting to look back and see how you approached certain aspects of a painting then, and looking upon it now, view the different approach that would be taken if the painting was done in present time. Looking back at what you’ve created in the past is a constant reminder how one is constantly improving, continuously finding new ways to approach problems that may or may not still persist, and a remind that although they way you hold your utensils may change, you still have your own footprint that continuously evolves as your work does. Deep down, it’s still yourself evolving, developing, and creating.

Looking back may create different emotions. You may look back at a painting and remember the feelings of the environment- the smells, the sounds, the tastes. Close your eyes and bring yourself back to that day. Or, look at a piece from bygones ago, and remember your one of your first experiences with the medium. Some pieces regrettable, others so so, while others left you wanting more. I feel that looking back at them makes you realize what intrigued you about a medium so much in the first place, and makes you want to just pick a piece up and work on one instantly.



Neither Fish Nor Fowl- 9x12 scratchboard. An oldie but a goodie- one of my first experiments with Ampersand Claybord.

So, at the end of the day, it’s a nice trip down memory lane to view works from time gone by. Always good to remember where you’ve come from, how far you’ve gone, and how far you still have to go. For now, it’s time to pick up some of those supplies left sitting for some time. Now is as good of a time as any to jump back in and get your feet wet.



  1. thats amazing:)

  2. Thank you! Definitely one of the better oldies I found! 🙂

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