Triggers and Memories
 D•Lead Soap from Natural Pigments.

Have you ever been caught by surprise by a clear sensory memory? Or transported back in time? That’s what happened to me today while using D•Lead hand soap for the first time.

My Father was an Industrial Art's teacher at the same Jr. Sr. High School my sister and I attended. Yep, he knew everything that went on at school, couldn't get away with anything. :) We'd often hang out in his office after school and help with a project or prep for the next day of classes.

The soap in the machine shop was orange, gritty, and dispensed by a metal container centered over the trough style sink. The dispenser had a push button bottom that you pressed with the palm of your hand, it made a distinctive sound when bumped.

The minute I started rubbing my hands together and felt that gritty texture, the industrial smell of the soap – I was 12, washing my hands in my Dad’s classroom. It caught me by surprise with the clarity of the memory. Miss you Dad, you’re with me every day!

 

About the Soap

D•Lead Abrasive Hand Soap. I recently bought a tube of Stack Flake White, a lead white paint from Natural Pigments that is made the way the Dutch Masters did centuries ago. This soap removes lead, cadmium and many other heavy metals from the skin.

Natural Pigments has a wonderfully detailed article on the process used to make the Stack Flake White pigment.

Why Birds?
 © Nancy Murty •  Meadow Blue  (detail) • Oil on Linen • 12 x 8 in • SOLD

© Nancy Murty • Meadow Blue (detail) • Oil on Linen • 12 x 8 in • SOLD

When guests are visiting the studio, I often hear that phrase. We usually both laugh because, after a quick glance around, it’s pretty obvious. :)

So where or why did my love of drawing and painting birds begin?

Where most things start...in childhood.

As a young girl, I often spent weekends with my paternal grandparents in the Southern Tier region of NYS. During the colder months, my sister and I would utter those all too familiar words, “I’m bored!” One day my grandma said, "Here, draw the birds at the feeder" as she set a stack of paper and a huge assortment of colored pencils down in front of us. And that was it; I've been drawing ever since.

Birds being what I first learned to draw and color, they continue to hold a special place in my heart. A lasting connection to the beautiful woman who started me on my life path of art.

So what got you started down the path of your passions and hobbies? Who introduced you to golf, turned you on to the road of music, ignited a love of knitting, quilting, reading, computers, or whatever brings you joy and peace? I’d love to hear about it.