Surprised, and grateful for so many responses to my "early sketch" of a Pot, I thought I should followup with my EARLIEST Artistic WORK ever recorded (and salvaged), on the back of the envelope containing my 2nd grade report card, circa' 1946.
Imagine me sitting one Sunday in church between Mom and Pop, bored, swinging my legs and fidgeting; my 5 year old sister, positioned on the other side of Mom to keep her safe from my poking her and stirring up an commotion.
I imagine Mom retrieved from her bottomless purse my report card which she intended to return Monday, signed to prove she had reviewed my grades. To avoid meltdown she shoved the envelope and pencil into my lap praying I might entertain myself through the sermon.
80 years later, I find my very first artistic rendering .. maybe titled Portrait of a Preacher in a Pulpit or View from the Pew ... complete with all the background detail I perceived then from that little church in Akron Ohio.
PS ... I was a straight "B" student in the 2nd grade. 'Teacher's comment said nothing about my artistic potential....