'Treats' Acrylic on wood assemblage ©robinrkent

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Folk Art Diary: Artist's Sketchbooks and Recipe Files

'Bouillabaisse' Assemblage Shadowbox,
wood with acrylic paint
©2011 robin r kent
Sketchbooks are like photo albums of your past. 
I have one from a lifetime ago when I traveled with little money but carried a big, beautiful, oversized, black, bound, blank sketchbook. It was intimidating putting the first mark in it. Didn't want to ruin it. Now glad I did.  
Funny how I remember sketching on each page. Hot or cold, sunny or grey, company or alone. Even remember friends' side comments while drawing. Recalling those conversations now give new meaning to what was said then. The years added gravitas to flippant remarks. All recalled while I look at these drawings. Didn't realize the peripherals were being recorded, too.


My recipe file evokes a similar nostalgia with handwritten recipes from friends and relations. The Palmer method script my grandmother used to explain how to make cinnamon buns. Many have departed, but their personalities remain written in these formulas now found under spatter stains. I see them puttering in the kitchen, pointing out culinary secrets as they stir. 

7 comments:

Els said...

Love your post : it's all so recognisable ánd true !!!!!

Karin Lynn said...

...another great and oh so true post....Since I am new to art and never really considered myself a great sketcher I have never really stuck with keeping my book up but yes, I doodle, and often it is on recipe cards and I too remember these moments well. I take out the card and see all the splatters and remember when I baked these items so often when the kids were small....funny, at the time I had no time and all was done in a rush but now these are pleasant memories......thank goodness I now have the time for the art and the new memories that I am creating....

oldblackcatboo said...

I'm not so organized as to have an actual FULL sketch book. As I have been cleaning and pitching out things, I have come across partial sketch pads but mostly slips of papers stuck here and there, in a book, a magazine, among old receipts and bills...scribbles of "something" that I had plan on creating.....
I will TRY to put them all together into a box and organize then along with my thoughts!
:) - Cindi

Robin Kent said...

Thanks Els for your kind comments. Good to know I've made that connection with you!
Karin Lynn- From reading your blog, I bet your recipe files are awesome!
Cindi-I don't have any organized photo albums, so if the sketchbook were individual pictures, they'd be untamed too. I haven't looked at this, my one and only sketchbook, in years. It was the previous blog comments that made me go and search for it. Glad I did. (Ruin it!) My recipes are in much better shape.

Carole said...

This post has me looking through my old sketchbooks remembering when and where I drew, glued, or painted the images. Some of them are dated, others not. I even have a couple that I started in 1995 and still have pages left to fill!

amanda white said...

How true Robin! I always envy people who kept diaries to look back on (never ever got beyond January) but my sketch and doodle books are a pretty good substitute for a record of the journey. And yes, I can mostly remember the how's and where's of each page.
What foxes me are the who's: all those mysterious phone numbers ...

Robin Kent said...

Carole- never too late to finish a book!
Amanda- Ain't it the truth! But I still remember my childhood phone number. As to all those others, the telltale signs were the first 3 digits which gave a hint to their locale. After that, it's anyone's guess.