Tuesday, May 13, 2014

52 Weeks of Sharing Memories - My Mother the Artist

This post is part of the 52 Weeks of Writing our Memories by Lorine McGinnis Schulze at Olive Tree Genealogy who has challenged us to write our memories for our future generations.

I've written before about my mom's artistic talent in my post Artist in Residence. In that post, I go into more detail than what I'm including in this post, and I shared some of her art.

I wanted to be artistic like my mom! When I was growing up, it seems she was always painting, drawing, and crafting--always creating. Like I wrote in my previous post, she taught me to sew, knit, needlepoint, and embroider. But I wanted to paint and draw, too! I tried.

My mom graduated in 1947 from Georgia State Woman's College (now Valdosta State University) with a degree in art. I can remember watching her with fascination as she drew and painted. While decluttering and cleaning up the studio at our parents' house, my sister and I found some of our mom's old sketch books and paintings.

Stack of Mom's art that my sister and I found

Here are a few examples:

There are artists on both my mom's maternal and paternal sides of her family, so it seems she was destined to be an artist. Instead of inheriting her talent, I got my dad's writing bug.


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