My grandmother, Anna London, made many paintings in her life. She liked to paint local landscapes or copy scenes from cards or calendars. If she sold a painting at the county fair for more than $75, she would call it her “bread and butter painting”. She died a few years ago, and I miss her.
The image above, comes from a favorite picture that I have of “Grandma”. I’ve started work on a linocut from this study. I will post the print when I complete it.
Anna and her father, John Haag, were plugged into nature. John followed bees to the hive, encountered black bears and had also tamed a doe. They each had a spiritual connection with woods and field and wild life–something that went beyond the ordinary for them. Nature amazed them.
Growing up, who shared the awe of nature with you?