Thinking of my mom lately… wishing she was still around. Mom was pretty creative, but I think poured a lot of that energy into raising four kids.
I posted a few of my mom’s Stockholm drawings earlier here, today it’s some collages that she did with my niece Paige. She and Paige would go through catalogs and magazines. (She had a lot of catalogs – and various magazines, including the New Yorker, LACMA members magazine, and others.) They filled up an entire small blank book about 4″x6″. I held onto it, and went through and scanned some of images that I most liked… especially that reminded me of mom’s tastes.
I present them without commentary:
Below is one more actual drawing by her. She was a big fan of cacti. She had hundreds of them potted in a patio area next to the dining room in her home. She enjoyed spending time maintaining and re-potting them. She also had a lot of cactus stuff: books, calendars, cookie-cutters, rubber stamps (one used in the photo at the top of the post) and more.
After she passed away I found this drawing in a sketchbook I had given her:
I like that she actually observed the cactus carefully and found the grid pattern in its spines. Difficult to make out in the scan, but there’s a light grid she used to place the spines.
It’s the only drawing she’d done in that book… so I went ahead and filled the rest of the sketchbook with my drawings – excerpts posted here at my art blog.