Thursday, November 27, 2008


Here in So Cal, we've had scattered showers, and I am still convinced that the gray skies of the last three days were entirely due to my playing Christmas music ... early. {had to, in order to be totally immersed in the Christmas Card Making Mood}.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all !!!
About a month ago, I received a delightful e-message from my cousin's wife, Diane ... who our middle daughter got her middle name from ...

The message included a charming Thanksgiving painting {above}, and the following details about the artist:

Doris Lee, born in Aledo, Illinois, was one of the most successful female artists of the Depression era. Her earliest major career achievement came in 1935 when she was awarded the Logan Prize at the Art Institute of Chicago for her painting titled Thanksgiving. The painting received overwhelming support from the public and critics alike and was acquired for the Art Institute's permanent collection. Shortly after receiving the Logan Prize, the Treasury Department awarded Lee the commission to paint murals in the Washington, DC Post Office Building. This was an impressive accomplishment for a young woman struggling for acceptance in the male-dominated art world of the time.
With Diane's permission to post the image and the information, I saved it up just for today.
Whether your Thanksgiving ends up looking like Doris Lee's depiction, or a Normal Rockwell painting, or more like our family's ... a potluck buffet where everyone serves themselves {and usually way too much on the plate!} and sits wherever they like ... ENJOY THE DAY, ENJOY THE PEOPLE YOU ARE WITH, AND REMEMBER TO BE THANKFUL ... for all your many and varied blessings.
I count you as one of mine, that's for sure.
-- Davielle

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