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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Traces of love long ago…

Faded photographs,
Covered now with lines and creases.
Tickets torn in half,
Memories in bits and pieces…

Those classic lyrics by songwriters, Buddy Buie, James Cobb and Emory Gordy, sum up my feelings after a week of delving through stacks of old portfolios, photographs and diaries. 

I found paintings that I’d almost forgotten and one unfinished painting that I’ve no recollection of whatsoever.  This is odd because, while I can easily forget most things, I can usually recall every detail of a painting: the time, the place and all manner of incidentals. 

Here is the unfinished mystery.  I would say that it dates from the 1990’s and it has the feel of Europe rather than the Caribbean.  I did make brief visits to France and Portugal.   However, as I remember, on those visits I worked solely in pen and ink, not watercolour.  It is a pity that I didn’t carry the painting through to completion, as it certainly holds promise.


  1. I rarely search through the boxes of diaries and papers in my loft, but when I do, it turns up all sorts of half forgotten memories! Very nostalgic :)

  2. It looks like the top of Woolshops to me.

  3. I have just been looking through papers and photos which stir the memory. As H says very nostalgic.