“Home” has become a complex term for me in recent years. I still refer to Scotland as “back home”, akin to nineteenth century immigrants talking about “the old country”, and I am not sure that will change because my roots are firmly planted in Scotland. However, having moved four times in one year – including a move across an ocean – I have had it made concrete that home to me is less about place and more about people. Home is really wherever my family are; if Mr Pict and the Pictlings are with me, then that is where home is. I still feel like an alien here in America most days but at the same time I feel at home. The cliche about home being where the heart is apparently has a great deal of merit.
This week’s Documented Life Project prompt was all about home and ideas of home. The specific prompts were “hometown inspiration” – a different angle on the travel journaling theme – and the quotation prompt was “There’s no place like home”. I was immediately tempted to do something inspired by ‘The Wizard of Oz’ but having drawn Oz art a few times before I decided to do something different. I did not want to create a page based on my hometown because it frankly is not all that inspirational and nor have I lived there since I left home at 17. My next thought was to construct a page all about Fife, the Scottish county from which I hail, but then I saw the page by the DLP’s guest artist, Paivi Eerola, and I decided to do something similar.
I decided to make my page really domestic, about things inside my home, particularly things that have moved between several homes with me because it is all those little trinkets, objects that conjure up memories, that have begun to make each new house into a home. I used a Pitt Pen to sketch various ornaments sitting on my shelves. I wanted to connect the drawings by overlapping them so I used circles – which represented some other items on my shelves such as wooden platters and glass globes – and rectangles – representing framed art on my walls and framed photos on my shelves – to tie all the elements together. I then filled the shapes with very watery watercolour, not painting it with any great precision and not replicating the authentic colours of the objects. I then splattered some watercolour paint over the page.
That was it: a very simple page to represent something as complex as the meaning of “home”.