So as October begins, so does another doodlewash tour, and this time, we’re going up close and personal. After two months of painting complete scenes and urban landscapes, I’ll instead be building a little virtual Cabinet of Curiosities this month by collecting drawings of things that inspire me. I used this same concept for my photography blog years ago, so I thought it might be fun in doodlewash.
For those of you who don’t know what this particular type of cabinet is, I’ll let author Patrick Mauriès tell you: “Cabinets of Curiosities, or rooms of wonders, were the astonishing creation of collectors who wished to gather together everything, all knowledge – animal, vegetable, or man-made – into a single unimaginable space. An entire universe in miniature.” Cool, huh? The unimaginable space, in my case, will simply be my new miniature Moleskine.
I’m starting this journey with a little doodlewash of little bear that used to belong to little Charlie. He’s practically the only clear memory I have from childhood, but probably because he’s been on a shelf in mother’s house for as long as I can remember. Last Christmas, I noticed him again, and since my mom was present at the time, she said, “Awww, I think he wants to come home with you.” (which is universal mom code for, “isn’t it time you got your crap out of my house?”)
I named him Buff, not because it had any personal significance, but because that’s what the branded tag had said. We were inseparable. And best of all, my mother was a talented craftsman and created matching pajamas for the two of us. He also had a few seasonal sweaters to add to his reputation of being the coolest bear on the planet.
It seemed fitting to start this journey with the first object I remember so fondly. Though it’s really not proper to call dear Buff an object. At the time, he was simply my best friend. Today, he’s a gentle reminder of how simple life used to be and how the simplest of objects can become so important in our lives. They’re a path to some our best and worst memories as we collect them each day in our own Cabinet of Curiosities.