Saturday, November 1, 2014

Your Way

Watercolors by Georgia O'Keeffe and a resident whose idea it was to paint in a book her husband had given her. 
This gives me the idea to use art reproductions as painting prompts instead of setting up still lives.

People's personalities are obvious in their painting styles. I put Frank Sinatra on while we painted, and when he started singing "My Way", she started singing along.

"This is your song," I said to her.

"Yes, it is," she said.


Zhoen said...

You really have a knack for finding the spaces in their minds that are still working. Scent, art, and folding. Who knew?

I was thinking about other smells that might get through, like Dylan and I both respond to army smells. So evocative, and we both know them. Mothballs and wet canvas, early cold mornings and gun oil.

Zhoen said...

I love how you are approaching them not as young children learning, but from the other end, as they must lay their learning down. And so respectfully.

Fresca said...

ZHOEN: Hey, thanks for that reflection. You're right--they're not building up, they're laying down.

Part of the hardness of my job is that I'm trying to meet the needs of so many people (20ish), and each one really needs individual attention. I end up going for the lowest common denominator--stuff like cinnamon and vanilla.
Not that that's bad, but it'd be cool to put together personal scents, like personal music.

Have you read the novel Perfume? It's the only thing I've read that's good on scent-a really hard sense to catch except in itself.

Fresca said...

Oh, also that scene in Harold and Maude where Harold breathes from Maude's "Odorifics" machine (like a player piano, but with scents not sounds).

Zhoen said...

I'd forgotten that scene. H&M was my absolute favorite movie for many, many years.

Well, they have time, you can slowly find scents that appeal to each. File cards might help you keep track of what they like.