When I've been asked to display my art, I have usually been expected to offer a statement about myself, as an "artist". Many who follow my blog know this is an unexpected title I've been given.
Yesterday, while looking through some old files, I found a "report card" from Akron Public Schools, where I attended kindergarten and early years of elementary school during WWII. Here's evidence I passed the second grade in 1947.
But, what I found especially surprising was an image drawn on the report card envelope. An early sketch by this 7 year old, sitting in church, sandwiched with feet dangling, between my parents, bored by the endless sermon. To keep me from fidgeting Mom or Pop probably gave me a pencil and paper, this envelope, to scribble on. So, here's my first plein air sketch of the preacher preaching from his pulpit! (you have to turn the envelope sideways to see the image, but it's there!)
This "natural" talent obviously took quite a long time to bubble to the surface. Thought you'd like for me to share this with you.