Monday, March 29, 2010


This is my "Motherhood 2" painting. I did one like this a few years ago. You can see it on my flickr.
I am currently reading "The Little House in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder to my babes. I feel a little bad because every night they ask me, "WHY would I read them something so scary?" I tell them that is what it was like back then. I think it might be a little bit more scary for them knowing they are surrounded by their own woods. We do not have bears or panthers though, but I have heard a bobcat cry.
The best part so far was the expression on Rose's face when I read her this......
"Mary was bigger than Laura, and she had a rag doll named Nettie. Laura had only a corncob wrapped in a handkerchief, but it was a good doll. It was named Susan. It wasn't Susan's fault that she was only a corncob."
Jennifer

15 comments:

Cris said...

Oh I loved reading those books to the kids. I read all 7 of them. I don't remember them ever being scared of anything in them. I DO remember about the corn cob doll! Also, my kids were horrified at how they made head cheese by boiling a pig's head in a pot on the stove for days until it became the right consistency to form a cheese. ha ha The books are a great lesson in history! I LOVE the painting!! So colorful!

claire barone art said...

THATS REALLY WEIRD IVE JUST DONE A RED RIDING HOOD PAINTING AND ADDED A SONG TO MY PLAYLIST BY MARY BLACK CALLED BABES IN THE WOOD ITS THE FIRST TRACK IVE NEVER READ THAT STORY BUT IT SOUNDS A LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD ISH YOUR NEW PAINTING IS LOVELY LIKE THE SPRING LIKE COLOURS HUGSXX

Silke said...

Oh, this is so pretty! I love the colors in this and the general loving mood. And I love the Little House on the Prairie books - but, yes, they can be scary... Happy Tuesday! Love, Silke

Kelly said...

OH!!! I saw the picture and my first thought was "Little House On The Prairie"!! I loved those books so much when I was a girl. I've actually been planning a Saturday trip for later this spring to take my best friend to my favourite used bookstore: The Book Barn in Niantic,CT. I want to get all the Little House books again, but I want secondhand copies that have been dogeared and loved like mine were. Such great stories.
Your painting is absolutely lovely, by the way and perfectly captures the feeling of Little House. :)

priti.lisa said...

I remember the corn cob doll, made me sad.
The new painting is a perfect Mother's Day gift...someone will be very lucky :D
Hugs

Gloria said...

Love it! It does remind me of Little House on the Prarie.The colors are great. Great work. Have a great Tuesday.
gloria

Fair Rosamund said...

What a lovely painting! I love the different patterned layers of their dresses. I just loved those books when I was little, it takes me back :) I hope you are having a wonderful day! ~Lauren

Nicola said...

What a lovely post and I love your new paintings, the colours are really lovely and work so well together, I've never read that story. How lovely to have your house surrounded by woods!! Must be beautiful!

Juliette Crane said...

what a beautiful painting! i just adore their expressions and the layers and details in their skirts. thanks for sharing! xoxo, juliette

Julie said...

This is so beautiful Jennifer...what a beautiful painting for Mother's Day. I often dream about reading books to little girls...maybe one day....we are stuck in all things dirty, superhero~y and cowboyish! All good...but I can only imagine sweet Rose's little expressions and thoughts. precious! xxx

Julie said...

Okay....whoah!...I didn't have any idea what head cheese was until I just read Cris' comment! Good to know but, Gross!!!! : )

Leticia said...

Love the painting, very sweet. I remember reading the Little House on the Prairie series in 4th Grade.

Lyn Newhouse said...

I love this painting!! I like so much the skirts:)

Pilgrim of the moon said...

Beautiful picture. You have some great artists at home!

Janine said...

This is really beautiful.
It is full of love.
Have a nice weekend and happy easter
Janine