Thursday, September 12, 2013

September Challenge #13

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Are there scents or fragrances that pull you back in time to when you were young? This perfume does that to me. It's called "Youth Dew," and it was the fragrance of choice for me and many of my friends in California's Central Valley back in the 1960s. It seemed so sophisticated and wonderful at the time.

I hadn't thought of this perfume for years. This summer we visited family in Nebraska and my sweet sister-in-law was wearing Youth Dew during that visit. It evoked such strong, pleasant memories that I immediately bought a bottle when we returned home. I've been wearing it ever since.

It's funny how a little thing that gives pleasure, like a certain perfume, can be forgotten for years, yet upon rediscovery bring such joy.


Carol Josefiak said...

I did a painting of my grandmother's perfume bottle. For some reason perfume bottles are one of the few things I have that belonged to my grandmother. I love having them. Yours made me think of "Youth Dew". I remember it, too. I could almost smell the fragrance. I really like the delicacy of your painting.

Maga Fabler said...

Oh, I know what you mean, Sue. They say the memory of smell is the most strong and stable. And about the picture - your fracturing is quite different (from fracturing of Julie Ford Oliver), looks softer and more spacious.

Sue Harrell said...

Thank you, Carol. We must have been thinking along the same lines for Day 13. Even our vases are similar!

Sue Harrell said...

Hi Maga...I believe it's true about the memory of smell. I'm affected by certain scents - it will bring back forgotten memories.

I agree that my fracturing is quite different from Julie's. I've had others comment that my paintings are soft. I have no idea how that occurs...whether is from brushstrokes or color - or both. Sometimes I like the effect, but other times I'd like to create a painting that's more bold. Perhaps that comes with practice.