Monday, September 28, 2009

The Eyes of June

As many of you know, aside from being a kooky mixed media artist with a "taste for surreal, anthropomorphic animal art", I collect vintage photos. I also sell my "overstock" photos in my Etsy shop called Musty Boxes Ephemera.

A couple of weeks ago, I came across my "June" photos. I would love to share some of them here, with you.

June was a beautiful girl, born in the very early 1900s. I have a huge amount of old pictures that depict her from tot-hood all the way up to her young adult years. She had these amazingly sultry, sexy, almost spooky eyes....breathtaking!

Here she is as a toddler on the farm

and playing with her dog....

Here's June posing with her mom and brother in 1917. Have a look at those eyes!

Can you find June in this classroom photo?

Look at the other children dressed in costumes...

Here she is as a teenager...

And finally, this is my favorite photo of June...

I adore the way the wind is blowing her dress and hair.

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Stubborn Woodpecker and the Coming of Autumn

Although the staggering furnace of dry and hot wind will soon show it's ugliness, the morning is proving to be refreshingly cool. There is a glow in the air that pulls my heart into the soft and impending Autumn. My little garden is ignorant of the season, and still believes in Springtime...

Birds are dancing and singing all about, taking advantage of the constantly running birdbath....

Yes, yes, yes....finally! Finally, after several weeks of fighting with this young Woodpecker, I've managed to steal a picture...

I have literally been crawling commando style along my living room floor, every day for weeks, in hopes of sneaking up on this silly little bird and snapping a photo through the window. Each and every time the Woodpecker would sense the slightest movement, off it would fly to hide in the full canopy of the front trees. Today, I conquered the Woodpecker. What more can a girl ask for?

I might also add that, lending to the overall atmosphere of Autumn is the ever traditional candy dish full of these...

Oh the utter sugary-ness of these little tri-colored nibbles. In all honesty, they are almost sickening, but you just can't go through the Halloween season without buying at least one bag of these "treats".

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

Friday, September 25, 2009


Good Morning:

Welcome, welcome to Gerushia’s New World. I’m so glad you’ve stopped by and I hope you have a delightful visit.

Would you like to hear Gerushia’s story? It is a true story.

Gerushia was my mom’s aunt. She was born in 1909.

She married Loyd in 1926.

She went on to have a daughter in 1927 and a son in 1933. Gerushia passed away soon after her 24th birthday from a particular epidemic, leaving behind a husband, a young daughter and a 7 month old baby boy. Approximately a year and a half later, Loyd remarried a brave and kind woman. This woman was my dad’s oldest sister, Marvie. Together, Loyd and Marvie raised Gerushia’s children and also had some of their own.

Every year, Loyd and Marvie cleaned Gerushia’s gravesite and brought flowers. They continued to do this until they were both too old to make the trip to Gerushia’s grave.

My mom told this story to me many times when I was a young girl. Of course, I never met Gerushia, and my mom was only a small child when Gerushia passed. I did, however, know Loyd and Marvie.

I chose “Gerushia’s New World” as my new business name for several reasons.

1. Gerushia is a link to both my mom and my dad’s family

2. I create "new worlds" within my watercolor/collage pieces.

3. Well, I just think the name Gerushia is abundantly awesome.

So...welcome to Gerushia’s New World. Welcome to my new world.

Until Next Time:
Gerushia’s New World