Sunday, October 21, 2012

Rainy days and journaling.....

 

It is still raining, I am still journaling and I still being inspired by my new book 365 Days of Journal Fodder and my class discussing Julia Cameron's book Vein of Gold.

Thinking of the places you have lived is one of the exercises in Julia's book! That started my thinking of the house I grew up in.  My Dad built it, with some help, just after World Was II had ended.  Materials were still difficult to come by so they had to work, almost as hard, finding the boards, plumbing and electrical supplies needed, as they did building.

IMG_3349 Sorry, for the glare on the left side....I wrote in black and white ink to make the page look more interesting and blur the content, just a bit.  On the right, under the numbers, there is a flap............

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Ta da!  Picture of the simple little house in Beaverton, Oregon where I lived between 11 and 20 years old.  The map shows the location of the house, which by the way, was torn down several years ago to make room for apartments.

Oh, how I wish these were the blueprints for the house but....they are not!

 

 

My other pages are devoted to the only piece of my art that has been saved from when I was a kid.  In 1951, I made up this story and drew the "photographs" to illustrate it!  Now days, if I had drawn this and given it to my friend at school.....the school would have gone into lock down! 

There really was a Barbara, my BFF, she really had a boyfriend named George but, as much as she might have liked to....she did not own a sexy strapless gown, opera length gloves or a long cigarette holder (an outfit, so, totally, influenced by the movies of the day). 

Barbara had kept this for years and returned it to me about ten years ago.  I'm not sure why the murder plot!  But, the format foreshadows my adult career of working for newspapers for 30 years.

Sadly, Barbara passed away in 2005.  I so appreciate that she saved this.

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The other side of the page reflects just a few of the many memories I have of Barbara and some of the things that were important to us in our teen age years.

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It is fun to look back and it is interesting how much longer the good memories last than the bad.  The bad memories are still there.....the edges are just softened by time.

I'm linking to Mary Walker's "Show me what you got" Art Link Up party.  Join me in viewing more cool journal pages.

9 comments:

elle said...

Lovely post. Those were the days and luv how memories soften around the edges over time. You are a great inspiration. I need to check out that book.

Karen said...

I was so wrapped up in the murder case; do we know why she did it? Loved the illustrations! Wonderful look back at your childhood home and memories.

Julie said...

How wonderful that she saved that story! You too had a lot of fun, and you had pictures too! Fantastic! Great pages!!!

Marilyn Rock said...

Love these pages. The blueprint is amazing! Brilliant touch!

Mari Carmen Polo said...

Really, really lovely! I like it very much!

NatashaMay said...

Great journal pages and so awesome that you still have a drawing from your youth. :)

Mary Walker Designs said...

I really like your blue print page that opens to the house you grew up in. Thanks for joining us at SMWYG hope to see you next Wednesday.

Dianne said...

oh love these journal pages! the elegant woman in the gown looks very like the ones my mom used to draw too...it must have been the influence of the illustrators of the time. so cool that your friend saved it. wonderful photos and remembrances...

Suzy said...

Hello. I'm stopping by from Mary Walker SMWYG art link. Love the hinged photograph of your homesite and the story too. All your journal pages are lovely. I'm your newest follower, would love it if you would stop by and check out my journal pages and follow me too!