I’ve written before about my artist mother embracing her Pennsylvania Dutch origins in decorating chests, boxes, wooden purses (it was the 60s and 70s) and ornaments. I remember sitting at her side as she painted, in oils, distlefinks, pomegranates, tulips and hearts — all old and familiar motifs in a family raised on scrapple and shoofly pie.
It seems that the piece I wrote about Fraktur (linked above and here) is my most popular post to date. I write about my areas of expertise — teaching, ukulele, birding and bird carving — but this area of limited knowledge and experience is what folks are seeking.
This weekend I’m selling birds at a primitive antique and folk art show. To provide broader price points and to increase interest and sales I’ve developed a line of very simple picture frames with a variety of faux and decorative paint finishes. I’m filling these frames with a few prints that I’ve made over the years as well as simple drawings of my carvings.
These frames have inspired my to re-visit fraktur inspired painting using the Pennsylvania Dutch motifs from my childhood. I’ve been filling sketchbooks with stylized birds, hearts and flowers. I suspect that these thems and the techniques that I develop will appear her over the next few weeks.
For the time being I want to share a couple of favorite resources. The Philadelphia Free Library has a huge fraktur collection that can be examine, close up, online.
Thanks to Mom and Grandma and my Berks and Lebanon County ancestors (Romig, Crist, Bader, Christian, et al.)