I try to not let age factor into what I do or don’t do. Well at least I do this when I want to do something. When I don’t it’s a great excuse. ☺ And, I have used, “If Grandma Moses can do it ….,” a lot through the years. And no I’m not that old. ☺ ☺ Anyway a few weeks ago I had a reason to look at Grandma Moses in more depth and thought I would share some of what I found.
Grandma Moses, Anna Mary Robertson was born Sept. 7, 1860 in a small town in upstate New York. She went to work at the age of twelve as a ‘hired girl’, a job she held until she married fifteen years later at the age of 27. I was surprised, as I would think that would have been old to marry in those days.
Life wasn’t easy. Anna Mary bought a cow with her savings and sold butter and later potato chips. The couple had ten children. Five survived infancy. Working hard the family prospered and eventually bought a farm.
In 1932 at the age 72 she began stitching what she called worsted pictures and giving them away to anyone who’d have them. When her arthritis made it hard for her to hold a needle she switched to painting the pictures and in this casual manner, the career of Grandma Moses began.
In the beginning she sold pictures for $2.00 and $3.00’s. A Grandma Moses quote; “If I hadn’t started painting, I would have raised chickens.”
It would take a lot of chickens to equal her success as a painter. In November 2006, her work Sugaring Off, painted in 1943, became her highest selling work at $1.2 million.
She passed away in 1961 at a 101. Her autobiography, My Life’s History, was published in 1952. I haven’t read it but I may look around to see if it’s still in print.
This lady should motivate me to get off my rear and get busy. There is a lot of life to live out there. Welll maybe after a nap. ☺