September 7: Grandma Moses Day

Grandma_MosesOn September 7, 1860, Anna Mary Robertson Moses was born on a farm in upstate New York, one of 10 children. When she grew up, she had ten children, although five died in infancy, and embroidered intricate scenes as gifts and for her own home. The whole family worked the farm for years.

Then, in her late 70s, arthritis made gripping an embroidery needle extremely difficult. Eventually, her sister suggested she try painting instead, and Grandma Moses, the legendary American primitive artist began to paint. Grandma Moses lived, and painted, to age 101, and, in those less than 30 years, created over 1600 paintings.

GrandmaMosesStamp1969Although Grandma Moses was a legend in her own lifetime, she never saw herself as that. It seems that she painted in order to keep busy and to create something beautiful out of next to nothing.  Nevertheless, she wasn’t convinced it was the most worthwhile of occupations: “If you know somethin’ well, you can always paint it but people would be better off buyin’ chickens.”

Grandma Moses Day is a good day to explore her art or create some of your own. It’s also the perfect day to get started on something new. After all, it’s never too late!

“Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Isaiah 46:4

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