Friday, August 28, 2009

under cover

Funny what a small disaster will uncover. Last Sunday the sink in my laundry room got clogged as I was doing a super-sized load with extra rinse (of course). When it flooded it worked its way south into the storage closet that houses paintings and artwork. Fortunately most were unframed and I caught the flood early, but I had a couple of old cardboard portfolios of work on paper that I was keeping mostly due to sentimentality and laziness. I lost some. I also 'found' some and have scanned a few pieces, mostly for my own enjoyment.

My crisis also uncovered a snake-in-the-grass when I updated my FB status. Her gleeful response was decidedly vindictive but I bit my tongue (which was full of comebacks), quickly deleted it and unfriended her. Makes me wonder why she wanted to be my 'friend' in the first place. You really do find out who's on your side when the chips are down!

Anyway, I decided to scan a few of the pieces that made me smile. Some are from old sketchbooks, some are from a fashion illustration course I took in the late '80s, and there are a couple of photos I took then developed and printed in the art department's darkroom at UVic in the early '80s. And lo and behold! There was the one photo (taken with an instamatic 110 camera) I had of part of the mural I painted in my high school's science wing when I was in Grade 12. It survived at least 15 years, until it was 'deleted' in a major building reno.

A couple more of these personal mementoes are here.





8 Comments:

Blogger dinahmow said...

OOh!I love unearthing old stuff. Flooded laundries...not so much!
The fashion piece is a classic. You've stirred some old memories here

28/8/09 4:47 PM  
Blogger Laure Ferlita said...

These are so much fun, Andrea! And yes, they do bring back memories!

Glad something pleasant came out of the disaster!

28/8/09 6:13 PM  
Blogger chococatania said...

Sorry about the flooded basement, but thanks for sharing the art that you found. I love the givenchy drawing.

28/8/09 6:22 PM  
Blogger Kikipotamus said...

Somewhere out there is a black leather portfolio holding my drawings from classes I took years ago. I had it when I moved in with my ex in 1999 and it was nowhere to be found when I moved out three years later. What a hoot it would be to find it now. Thanks for the vicarious kicks I got from your discoveries.

28/8/09 7:12 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

....I love these lost treasures! I love looking at past work.

29/8/09 7:43 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks for sharing memories!

29/8/09 3:53 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Oh, flooding basements are a horror! Hope it is all resolved completely now.

Love the 'vintage' art samples. :-) So fun to see (the 80s high-cut-shorts fashion piece is my favorite!)

Your horse drawings are beautiful. horse anatomy still makes me crazy...

6/9/09 10:32 PM  
Blogger Nancy Tapley said...

the horse head sketch is fantabulous. Maybe I should be putting a donation box at YOUR place, too...
nancy
www.bondi-cottage-resort.com Bondi Resort Blog

16/9/09 9:18 PM  

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