Art and nostalgia

This is the very first oil painting that David and I purchased for our home. It is a rendering of Kaneohe Bay on Oahu with the Koolau Mountain Range in the background. The artist is Ebert. I saw her art displayed on the fence outside the Honolulu Zoo in 1979. I liked it immediately and bought it from her:

This is a print of Lahaina Harbor on Maui. The artist is David Warren, who later died in a traffic accident on Maui. Such a shame, really:

This is the very last oil painting I purchased. The artist is Suzanne McCrary, who was my high school and college classmate. It is a rendering of Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco:

These are hand painted wooden masks that I bought in Seoul, South Korea in 2002:

This is a gift from my Thai friend. It’s a wood engraving by a Thai artist, named Kamala:

This is a wedding gift from my sister and her husband. It’s a temple rubbing of ancient Thai musicians and dancers. Temple rubbings are now prohibited in Southeast Asia and India, because repetitive rubbing has eroded the carvings on temple walls:

This is a gift from my Thai friend. It’s a temple rubbing of Angkor Wat in Angkor, Cambodia:

You might ask why I like this type of art. I like it, because it evokes pleasant memories of places that I have visited in the past. It makes me yearn to see these places again. Though I have never been to Cambodia, it is quite similar to Thailand, where I was an English teacher in 1969.

Art and nostalgia. They go together.

17 Responses to “Art and nostalgia”

  1. DavidH Says:

    You are so right. Art that you purchase can invoke memories of a wonderful person or a wonderful place. Our daughter said that our house was like an art gallery full of many artworks and many wonderful memories.

  2. Andrew Says:

    All are nice but I really like your sister’s wedding present.

  3. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Lovely pieces. The African ones are my faves. Have a great day, Valerie

  4. AC Says:

    Looks good. I think my fave might be the first temple rubbing.

  5. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …the Lahaina Harbor scene is a classic. I’ve tried to capture it from out on the breakwall.

  6. DJan Says:

    You have some wonderful art pieces. I like them all and am glad you have shared them with me. πŸ™‚

  7. Doug M Says:

    Wow these are some nice pieces (and I love those temple rubbings). But what’s especially nice is how you remember the artists and their backstories, that’s equally impressive.

  8. Olga Says:

    That is a wonderful way to keep memories. Your beautiful home reflects your interesting, varied and beautiful life.

  9. Christine Says:

    Beautiful pieces, you have such an appreciation for art.

  10. Tom at Sightings Says:

    Nice … I especially like the harbor.

  11. wisewebwoman Says:

    Art is so personal, I like your selection.


  12. Arkansas Patti Says:

    How nice to have such lovely pieces to give your memory a jog of a great time.

  13. Elephant's Child Says:

    Simply beautiful.

  14. Bella Rose Says:

    I like your taste in Art. They are all enchanting pieces!

  15. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    Interesting art!

  16. Nancy Chan Says:

    Those are beautiful paintings to have in your house.

  17. Iris Empereur Says:

    Wonderful collection! We have way too much already, so do not make me search for any of these beauties! πŸ˜‰

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