I actually hate to move past the last post. It’s so beautiful in the garden, especially with the bees buzzing and the birds singing! ♥ But I thought today I would show you some of the art I did for Country Living Magazine.
Just after my first book came out, I gathered all my courage together (it always takes courage, even today!) and wrote a letter to the editor of Country Living Magazine, who, at that time, was Rachel Newman (she quit her job a few years later to become a wonderful oil painter; go look at her amazing art! She definitely did the right thing; so wonderful to see people follow their dreams!).
I sent her a copy of Heart of the Home with a letter asking her to please let me do something in their wonderful magazine, paint, write, cook (work in subscriptions, sell ads, sweep) anything would have been OK with me! That magazine was my bible, my best friend! We went out to lunch together every month!
There were no computers in those days; I couldn’t email it; my letter had a stamp on it and it went snail mail. I wrote it in my best handwriting, and put little watercolors of rolling pins and measuring cups between the words to try to make her like me.
I waited, thinking every day, I wonder if she got my letter. I wonder what she thinks. I wonder if she’ll write me back. Probably just be a form letter with the words “no thank you” on it. Maybe I’ll never hear anything at all. Waaaaa.
And then one day, I opened my mail box and found a letter with the Country Living logo and return address on it. My heart skipped a beat; please God, don’t let this be my subscription renewal notice.
And it wasn’t! I jumped and leapt out of the PO back to the car when I read that Rachel had already seen my book! And wanted to get in touch with me! To figure out how we could work together!
It was such a surprise! One of my dreams! It taught me that at least you have to ask (I know we have lots of artists reading this, and I just wanted to say that “No” is a very popular word, but asking is free).
The Country Living staff decided that what they wanted was for me to illustrate recipes; a page every other month. Which I was thrilled to do as I think you can tell! After I’d done quite a few, they asked if they could make some of the designs into prints. So four designs were chosen, we called them “Kitchen Art” since that’s where we figured most of them would go, on the walls of someone’s kitchen . . . and they were sold through the magazine. A few of you have written to tell me you still have them!
That’s what made me think to show these today. I really don’t think most of you ever saw them, so I thought I might share them, now that we are in the new world of computers and blogs and can show anything we want! Hope you enjoyed them!
Also had to show you this photo I just took; the blur at the bottom left is Jack, doing what he does, but look at the light, at 6:15 am! Streaming in! Hooray! I’m going to work in the garden today! It’s not pretty out there, all brown leafy and dead, but it’s going to smell good when I rake and prune, and I’m going to love it!
Do you realize that the average person today lives better than most of the kings and queens of England did? That’s what I was thinking this morning when I turned on the furnace. We can fill the kettle from our faucet right there in our own kitchen! And turn on the lights with a flick of a switch as we walk through the dark house to our art studio! Carrying our tea in our favorite cup. ♥
It’s a wonderful world! Enjoy your day girlfriends! XOXO