Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The Best of Autumn
Anna Mary Robinson 'Grandma' Moses (American 1860-1961), Autumn, Ca 1930's, oil
Especially on this first day of Autumn, 2015, Grandma Moses comes to mind.
Did you have Grandma Moses in your house growing up? Ciwt did. We had a set of Grandma Moses plates which Ciwt just Loved eating off of. The borders were white with the image in the middle, so you didn't know what painting was on the plate until you finished your meal. To Ciwt, it didn't matter what was uncovered because she loved them all - although maybe the ones with the checkered house best of all.
Besides capturing it, Grandma Moses - who didn't begin painting until her 67th year - embodied the spirit of Autumn.*
*In 1952, she published My Life's History, her autobiography. In it she said "I look back on my life like a good day's work, it was done and I feel satisfied with it. I was happy and contented, I knew nothing better and made the best out of what life offered. And life is what we make it, always has been, always will be."[