noun \nä-ˈstal-jə, nə- also nō-; nə-ˈstäl-\
: a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the past.

I think we’ve all experienced nostalgia at one point or another – we hear a song and remember our youth, see a picture and are instantly transported back to a different time, usually (although not always) remembering those times as better, gentler, kinder.

Although often bittersweet, nostalgia counteracts loneliness, boredom and even anxiety. It is a reminder that life has roots and continuity, providing strength to keep moving forward.

A Girl and Her Dog 2014

A Girl and Her Dog

This painting, A Girl and Her Dog, is a commissioned piece, based on one woman’s memories of her childhood home. Growing up in a log cabin in Canada, she remembered vividly an old wagon, a ‘29 Chevy, her dog and the beautiful Northern lights. For her, this piece is a reminder of her youth, a time when things may have seemed simpler, a time long past.

I’m happy to say that she loves the painting and the nostalgia it evokes.

57 thoughts on “Nostalgia

  1. I was really happy to see you posting another painting! They always warm my heart, and I appreciate your reflections you always include with them.

  2. I am completing my first landscape ever and I want you to know how much more I appreciate your paintings because of it! I have always loved your work but now I have a totally new take on the entire process! Thank you as always for sharing!!

  3. There cannot be a better feeling than a piece of art you loved creating, and the emotional response you received from your client. Wonderful and congratulations.

  4. Question: Do you paint from your memory and/or imagination, or by using reference photos (or other art pieces) as inspiration, or perhaps some combination of these? I’m curious to find out your creative process.

    • Tom – it’s a combination of all of the above. A lot comes from my imagination, but I use references to help get the details right. I love history, particularly history of the American West and like to imagine what might have been. Thanks for asking.

  5. Very nice painting. Nice to see you again, Gale. I wax nostalgic all the time it seems. I prefer it to the stark cold reality I read about in the daily morning paper, lemme tell ya!

  6. I would love to see the northern lights. A lovely painting….I was just rereading about your surgeries and health challenges. I hope all is well now! Sunny Sunday!

    • Thank you for your comment and concern. Unfortunately, I am still facing some health issues, which have slowed me down considerably, but… such is life. I hope to be back in my studio soon, so we’ll see.

      Wishing you well – Trapper

  7. That’s a great painting. And I know what you mean about nostalgia. It’s something I struggle with. I find myself thinking about the past too much sometimes and I’m afraid I’m not appreciating the present.

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