The Ruth Mott Gallery is my favorite gallery at The Flint Institute of Arts. Each time I visit I return to this gallery of American primitive paintings to see the two pieces below specifically. (I snapped these photos with my phone so forgive the quality, please.)
Humming Bird, Red Bird, Baltimore Bird, Robbin, Flicker, Blue Bird attributed to Thomas Coke Ruckle, 1842
The Fowler Children artist unknown, 1854
Regrettably, I spent very little time in my studio, or with my sketch book, during the month of October. sigh. But I have just been asked to create a series of prints for the upcoming season of Advent. Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation. As we head into these darkest days of the year, a bit of focus and preparation sounds good to me. Perhaps I can channel the concentration and industry of those Amish women and create something lovely.