Back in the olden days…which seem not so long ago to me (which is how I know I’m aging at an incredible rate)…Though this was before I was born…My mother used to do a lot of embroidery. In stores, and through the back of Sunset Magazine, they sold embroidery and needlepoint kits. I’ll have to post a couple photos of pieces that I have since stolen (with permission) from my mom.
But I digress, as always. So, my mom used to do all these pieces. At some point in her journey, she found a great deal on some frames, so in true Annette fashion, bought the whole box of them. They are perfect little 5×7 frames that she planned to use for needlepoint/embroidery/cross stich/etc. A few were used. The rest went unused sitting in a closest for decades. Fast forward (a lot) to my parents getting rid of accumulated things. We met my parents for dinner and they had a few things in the back of the car for me. Once of which, was a box of frames.
They have no glass, and no backing, but are a great natural wood color, and solid wood! So, my new mission became drawing something to match them (makes me think of buying a dress to match the very best shoes). Which, of course, is when I discovered that Micron pens come in sepia (which you can get at pretty much any art supply store…or Amazon, I’m sure) and I was off to the races!
I found this little mushroom grouping in a foraging book I bought a few years ago. Of course I bought it with the purpose of art, never foraging, because mushrooms are icky and poison (to my body). So, I drew. After I reported back to my mom, without even thinking about it, she said, oh! It’s perfect, it’s like me and you and your sister. *happy tear*
It never even occurred to me while I was drawing it, but, it seems quite full circle. She stopped embroidering and a lot of needlepoint once we were born, as she just didn’t have the time, and never really got back into it (though has lots of other artistic hobbies now) and now, I’m re-purposing the frames and I drew a little grouping of three (sorry dad)!