Digging in my large black portfolio for a piece to feature on my blog I came across this colored pencil drawing that I’d done from a photo I snapped on a hiking adventure with some college chums. I was pleased with how clean and crisp the drawing still looked, and how fresh the memory of that day away from studies remained as I gazed at the smiling faces on the page. That drawing is now 35 years old and still looks as though I had just drawn it. It got me wondering. Do drawings have an expiration date?
I located an article on just that subject. While it claims that art is timeless there are famous works that have begun to crumble, crack and fade away.
But I do believe that they are correct in implying that there is more than just that surface element to a work of art. There are the emotions and recollections that are tethered to each individual piece, those that are experience by both the creator and those who observe and appreciate the work.
While these friends may have grown apart or lost touch over these past years, the comradery and closeness that is shared between college chums is a universal experience that will live on through time just as it is expressed in this timeless drawing.