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The mind is a funny thing.  I have been scanning old family slides and I was struck by how my memory of the events and people seem so different from what is in the photos.  I believe my memories to be accurate but the photos tell a different story.  I don’t think the slides magically changed in 30 years so it must have been me that changed in that time.  This quote and journal page summed up how I felt after I saw those old slides.

The purple base that I started with was made previously.  You can see it being made in a video here.

Want more creativity?  Stop by the great artists at Paint Party Friday and  Julie Balzers!

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  • Carol April 6, 2012, 7:53 am

    Very creative artwork ~ love the quote also ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

  • Corrine April 6, 2012, 8:31 am

    Great quote. Nice lettering, your paint writing is so good! xox

  • Christine April 6, 2012, 10:27 am

    what a wonderful and true quote!

  • EVA April 6, 2012, 10:30 am

    How cool! – great video too.

  • Maria April 6, 2012, 12:50 pm

    As we have talked about SO SO true! Texture GALORE!!!! Love it!

  • gloria April 6, 2012, 1:09 pm

    I think it looks just awesome. Love the quote as well. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a Happy Easter and also a Happy PPF to you. Take care.

  • Marcie April 6, 2012, 1:22 pm

    So much truth to this. Wonderful!

  • Faye April 6, 2012, 2:21 pm

    Carolyn, I sure did enjoy your video. Most YouTube and other videos don’t work well on my ancient computer, but I saw all of yours at the same time the music was playing, something rare for me! Loved your work and the quote.

  • Annette G April 6, 2012, 2:26 pm

    Great video, thank you for sharing. Happy PPF and a Happy Easter, Annette x

  • Lindsay April 6, 2012, 2:39 pm

    Ohhh I love the quote! But what I like even more is the way you wrote it down, all those colors.. it creates a psychedelic effect, really love that!

  • Cynthia April 6, 2012, 3:11 pm

    I love that quote too. I go through the same thing as you: when I read my journals from years ago, it never seems to match my memories of that time. I guess that can be good at times…we subconsciously protect ourselves from hurt. But why is it that we often remember bad things about a situation that wasn’t bad to begin with?? Thanks for sharing your page and video. It has given me things to think about. 🙂

  • Lenna Young Andrews April 6, 2012, 3:40 pm

    awesome video and quote, thanks for showing us your process!

  • Cris, Artist in Oregon April 6, 2012, 4:02 pm

    Thanks for your comment. This is so true and a great quote. We dont aways see what we think we see either. Happy PPF

  • Tracey Fletcher King April 6, 2012, 5:24 pm

    Great quote and cool video… I am enjoying them all so much… have a happy chocolate filled Easter…xx

  • Mary C. Nasser April 6, 2012, 6:24 pm

    Love your art and this quote…your colors just POP! 🙂
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Diana Evans April 6, 2012, 11:38 pm

    oh what a great quote and perfect piece!!!!

    Wishing you and yours a Blessed Easter…..

  • Susan Tidwell April 7, 2012, 12:40 am

    Great quote and video. I love the music you choose to go with your videos – so playful and fun. Happy Easter!

  • Valerie-Jael April 7, 2012, 2:14 am

    Very interesting work, I love using Punchinella, too! Happy Easter, Valerie

  • Timeless Rituals April 7, 2012, 3:39 am

    I know what you mean about slides and photos. 🙂
    Great piece!!

  • Anne April 7, 2012, 4:17 am

    Lovely painting and the quote is so true! Happy Easter and Happy PPF!

  • Ginny April 7, 2012, 7:40 am

    Carolyn, I enjoyed your video so much. What a great way for me to start the day! The quote is so true but I especially liked the way you shared it through your painting. Have a wonderful and colorful weekend.

  • geckostone April 7, 2012, 9:34 am

    Wow, what beautiful art and what a great quote! I’m just copied it down, its soooooo true! Deb

  • Cris April 7, 2012, 10:59 am

    Love the quote and love what you did with it. How long did it take you to make this piece in real time?

    • Carolyn Dube April 7, 2012, 1:25 pm

      I already had the purple starting layer done so everything on the video you saw was about half an hour.

  • Rita McGregor April 7, 2012, 12:46 pm

    They say if ten people watched an accident happen they would have ten different versions. Siblings can remember events completely differently or have no memory of them at all. My memories can be different than what I wrote at the time, so photos shedding a different light doesn’t surprise me. It is all interpretation. At the moment and what we choose to remember. I love the quote. So true. And I love the page you made from it. 🙂

  • Caitlyn (ladyphlogiston) April 7, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Beautiful colorful lettering 🙂

  • Trece April 7, 2012, 2:11 pm

    That quote is a favorite of mine, one I believe to be true!!

  • Paula - Buenos Aires April 7, 2012, 4:46 pm

    Awesome quote. In love with your colour choices.

  • JKW April 8, 2012, 9:19 pm

    OMGosh this is so true. We see things as we are and later we have changed, we would see the same things differently. That’s why you don’t remember them the same way, you’ve already changed again!! Love this post and the art work that began it. Blessings, Janet, PPF

  • Linda R April 8, 2012, 9:50 pm

    How fun!! I just love the video. Looks great!!


  • Marla April 9, 2012, 5:32 am

    Thanks again for sharing and inspiring me ^__^