You’ve heard it before, “Artists take us on a journey with their art…” and good art makes a connection for the viewer. I like to think of artists as more than skilled technicians. They don’t just create art, they create stories that need to be told. The image to the left is a great example of a painting that jolts a memory or maybe even makes you dream about the future. When you connect to a painting, the story is yours to tell. It could be on a beach along the Jersey shore or the Mexican Riviera or Pacific coast. You pick the location and players. By just glancing at this beautiful painting, a story unfolds that makes us smile, takes us back to a time when our children or grandchildren were small. Maybe it will take you to a time you remember as a small child. Don’t those memories come rushing back?
My own story takes place in 1988 at a lovely vacation home on Virginia Beach with life-long friends and their two daughters. We shared so many firsts together along that stretch of beach in the bright sun and warm surf. Every morning started with our children playing happily together in the sand, making sand castles and collecting bits of shells like little treasure hunters. We swam, sang, laughed, chased kites and ate big thick meaty sandwiches at lunch time from the local deli. The days seemed short, filled with so much activity, so many giggles and the memories will never be forgotten. There were many vacations at the shore where a painting like this will keep those memories fresh. Now adults, I’m sure our kids have their own special version to tell about their happy memories growing up together. This painting is the first page of a good story. Your own memories, your own imagination and your own experiences will complete the tale.
Kathryn McMahon, painted this darling image based on photos she had from her own childhood. These little ones are triplets born in Canada in the 1940s and her story is as personal and captivating as yours or mine. Take time to explore art and find pieces that help you tell your own story. What a great way to share a memory that you never want to forget.
What is your story?