Monday, March 19, 2007

Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses (Mrs. Thomas Solomon Moses)

"A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells." --"Grandma" Moses"
Good Mourning Widows. Joy to you and me.
Today we honor and we welcome into our joy-ous club the club that nobody *in their right mind* wants to joy-n famous artist wife of famous farmer Thomas Solomon Moses.
Thomas Solomon Moses died in 1927, leaving Anna Mary his money and his farm. She was 67 years old.
Together they had 10 children. Five died at birth. Anna Mary outlived most of her other children.
At 70-something, Anna Mary began painting.
In 1949, then US President, Harry Truman, presented her with the Women's National Press Club Award for outstanding accomplishment in art.
In 1952, Anna Mary published her autobiography, "Grandma Moses. My Life Story."
The inscription on "Grandma Moses's" tombstone reads, "Her primitive paintings captured the spirit and preserved the scene of a vanishing countryside."
Anna Mary once said, "If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens." Adding, "Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be."
The quote I like best regarding Anna Mary's work and found at is this one:
"In her paintings, there is no despair, unhappiness, or aging, yet this unrealistic view of existence is presented with remarkable conviction."
Which means, in my words, "eye candy." I could look at her work for hours.
"Grandma Moses" died in 1961. She was 101 years old.
Mourning Joy:
Q: How many actors does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: 9 -- 1 to get on the ladder and screw the dang thing into the socket, and 8 to stand around and say, I can do that.
Mourning Quote:
"You've got to take chances in life." --Nelson Minter (1957-1993)
After we remember Him, fingerhug your pen.
Write something.
Go ahead.
I dare you.
Have a joy-filled day Widows. And remember we're not alone.

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