Is it an art????
Well maybe not, but it sure can stir memories and creativity!!! It's that time of year again when farmers are out cutting alfalfa. Boy does that stir memories!!! Our neighbor was out cutting alfalfa yesterday. Such a wonderful smell. I grew up on a dairy farm and it brings back memories of hard, hot work and driving tractor. That part was fun! My dad told me he liked me to drive because I was the best, smoothest driver. He didn't like getting knocked off the wagon, I guess.
Smell and Creativity...
Studies have shown that certain smells can help stimulate your creativity. Apparently cinnamon and vanilla smells enhance creativity. I would guess any smell that brings back a great memory or emotion can get your creative juices going. As smell causes you to think about and feel great (or not so great) moments of the past it will influence your creative process. Your work will reflect the emotions you are feeling.
As a young artist, it was difficult for me to get beyond the feeling that people were reading my private emotions and stories in the art I created. When I would view one of my paintings, I would instantly feel the emotions I had while painting it - good or bad. It was embarrassing for me to show other people my work. As time went on and people commented on my work I became aware that they were having an emotional response to my work that didn't always reflect what mine had been. That is when I realized that people sensed my creative emotions and stories, but translated them into their own emotions and stories. I now enjoy hearing people comment on how my artwork makes them feel.
What are some smells that call up a memory for you? Here are some of mine...
This post was prompted by the smell of fresh cut alfalfa... I was reminded of a post from my 'A View from My Porch,' blog. You can check it out here...
Check out my new gallery page, 'Illustration.' I have completed the illustrating of 'Marshmallow Clouds and Candy Cane Trees,' written by Mary Lee Moore. It has been a fun and learning process. We are looking into self-publishing it, hopefully by the end of the summer. I'll keep you posted.