Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My Grandmother - Over the River & Thru the Woods

My Grandmother Carrie

When I was young, we lived very close to my grandmother's house. Each & every day mother would take my hand, & we would walk to visit her. The path led through the woods & across a little stream, where wildflowers bloomed through the summer. It was beautiful. I cannot remember a day that my grandmother was not baking or sewing. She always wore her hair up on the back of her head, & her eyes sparkled just like my mother's.  Her house smelled delicious. These paintings remind me of those visits, even of the wonderful scents of both the woods & of her house with its big windows gently covered with lace curtains, where the sunlight made lacy patterns on the wall, as it shown through the windows. These paintings of women reading & sewing by American artist Gari Melchers bring all of those memories back to me.

Julius Garibaldi "Gari" Melchers (1860-1932) Lady Reading

Julius Garibaldi "Gari" Melchers (1860-1932) Young Woman Sewing

Julius Garibaldi "Gari" Melchers (1860-1932) Woman Sewing