Todays p.o.t.d. is Ma- because it's her birthday, and I love her, cause she's the best Mom in the world! We all say that, but seriously, she's the best! Here's some of the backstory of Ma- her name is Lois, she was born in 1932 in Brooklyn N.Y., she honored her Swedish lineage by going to art school in Manhattan (her grandfather and grand uncles and all were trained painters in Sweden who would paint murals; Ma tells it much more interestingly..) Here's an interesting detail- Ma painted for the popular Cannon textiles company in NY in the late forties/early fifties and she would hand paint box covers that would contain Cannon products- can't imagine an American now in this day and age hand painting a package for a product- whatever the product could be!- not to mention something as ordinary as towels or linens! So then in 1956 she married David Parker (Dad), moved to Stoneham Massachussetts and had three boys which I'm the youngest of. She did a great job of raising us all and from what I can tell she enjoyed it and still enjoys us, even though she has to suffer my follies, the temper of the oldest, and the garbled handwriting and diction of the middle one. Heheh. They'll never read this, I've got nothing to fear. Anyways- Ma still paints a bunch, watercolors, probably one of the more challenging of painters mediums, not that I would know- and I like them, she's got some sweet techniques that make them an immersive viewing experience. They make my best photos look like a robots work. Here's Ma painting iris in the garden:
Ma painting iris in the garden.
She's always making pictures with her little p+shoot cammy and making painting based on those images and I wouldn't be surprised if after she has pointed her camera at you and clicked the shutter, that you get a gorgeous watercolor rendition of what you looked like at the time!
Ma, after saying something like: "oh! look at that! Isn't that interesting!"
If I get it from anywhere- I get it from her. Thanks Ma!
One more: from her to me- from me to her, and from us to you all: Cheers! and have a nice day.
P.s. Enjoy the blizzard tomorrow you New Englanders! Stay safe out there, and make lot's of awesome snow imagery! YeeHaW!