Colorado Blue Columbine
24x18in

Purple Poppy Mallow
24x18in

Englemann's Daisy
24x18in

The Dance
16x20in framed

Hanging On
16x20in framed

Party In The Back
8x8in

After the Fall
20x20in
framed

 

Catalpa, 9 flowers
20x20in
framed

 

Summer
20x20in
framed

 

Catalpa, 4 flowers
20x20in
framed

 

Allium Sativum
7x5in

 

Catalpa
 

Catalpa
 

Catalpa
 

Catkins, Pussy Willow
20x16in framed

 

Cottonwood
20x16in framed

 

Cottonwood
20x16in framed

 

Anemone
8x8in

 

Tomatilla
16x20in framed

 

Anemone
8x8in

 

Nasturtiums: seed pods, leaves, flowers framed as one piece 28x34in

View of Longs Peak
and Mt Meeker
8x8in

 

The Quilting Bee
8x8in

 

Final Approach
8x8in

 

A child and a wolf? The two on my mind the most during COVID-19, my grandchildren and hunger.
 

Ready
colored pencil on archival craft
24x18in

 

The Wolf is at the Door
colored pencil on bristol vellum
24x18in


 

While researching recipes for my series of recipe quilts, I found the author MFK Fisher.  Her book How To Cook A Wolf was published in 1942 at a time when wartime shortages were at their worst. She wrote to the home cooks facing shortages and blackouts. She encouraged them to focus on what they had and not on what they were missing. She offered substitutions, inspired them to be creative, to experiment (this where her humor comes through). Her thoughts about providing sustenance were more than just about putting food on the table but rather about making a delicious meal, gathering your people, and offering comfort. The second part of this equation eludes us during COVID-19. I was reminded of her words when I saw the lines of cars on the news of families picking up boxes of food. The wolf was ever in my thoughts. I found a photo of a wolf by Dave Kettering that was used in an article about the fate of the grey wolf in Colorado. I wrote to Dave with my idea for a drawing. He said sure. The wolf appears to begin to leave but turns back. Will he go or will he stay? Then you realize he is there always.

How To Cook A Wolf begins with an excerpt from a poem written during WWI by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

There's a whining at the threshold—
There's a scratching at the door—
To work! To work! In Heaven's name!
The wolf is at the door!




 

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