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I once read that the images that are imprinted on an artist’s brain in the first five years are the images that play out through all of their creative lives.  I don’t know if this is true, but I can imagine that it is, after finding a book that was my favorite as a young child.  The book “Farm Stories” was published in 1946, and probably given to me soon after.  The stories were not interesting to me in the least…this I remember clearly.  The illustrations, by Gustaf Tenggren, were powerfully attractive to me though, and still have a resonance.

I thought I’d put them here to explain to myself why I like dark blue and white checked fabric, quilts, stormy nights, window views, simple flowers, random objects floating in space, the west, and so on…you get the idea, and probably have such a book in your own library somewhere…

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…and speaking of Farm Stories…the MIG farm cart is open for lunch!!

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