It’s never too late to reach for and achieve your dreams.
You’re never too old to start over or to simply begin.
You’re never too late or too old to make an impact on this world.
These things aren’t always easy to believe and sometimes we let fear stand in the way.
I’m an art enthusiast. I love all things art. I’m not very artsy myself (well not unless crafty and creative are dubbed as artsy) 😉
I go to my local art museum and just wander through the halls in amazement. Each turn of the halls bringing me to something new, exciting, interesting.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso, di Vinci, and probably some other famous artists, but have you ever heard of Grandma Moses?
They say the proof is in the pudding (actually, it’s the proof of the pudding is in the eating) either way, it means the same thing. You won’t know what it’s like until you try it. You won’t know if it’s good or not until you actually eat it or in this case, try it, do it, go for it!
Grandma Moses was the proof that you won’t know what you can do until you actually try it.
A renowned American folk artist, Grandma Moses first started painting in her 70′s.
She was 100 years old when she was featured on the cover of Life magazine (September 16, 1960).
100 years old!!! Don’t let that slip by you.
Still not convinced that it’s never too late?
Many of Grandma Moses’ paintings were used to publicize American holidays, some of which included Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mother’s Day. In a Mother’s Day feature in a 1947 True Confessions, it was noted how “Grandma Moses remains prouder of her preserves than of her paintings and proudest of all of her four children, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren”.
Grandma Moses’ exhibitions were so popular during the 1950′s that they broke attendance records all over the world.
“A cultural icon, the spry, productive nonagenarian was continually cited as an inspiration for housewives, widows and retirees. Her images of America’s rural past were transferred to curtains, dresses, cookie jars, and dinner ware, and used to pitch cigarettes, cameras, lipstick and instant coffee. (nationaldaycalendar.com)”
- 1950 – Cited as one of the five most newsworthy women.
- 1951 – Honored as Woman of the Year by the National Association of House Dress Manufacturers.
- Age 88 – Mademoiselle Magazine named her “Young Woman of the Year”
- Awarded the first honorary doctorate degree from Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art.
- 1969 – An United States commemorative stamp was issued in her honor.
- 2006 – Her work Sugaring Off (1943) became her highest selling work at US $1.2 million. Sugaring Off was a clear example of the simple rural scenes for which she was well-known.
- Grandma Moses’ painting, Fourth of July, was given, by Otto Kallir, to the White House where it still hangs today. Source: nationaldaycalendar.com
See? Grandma Moses didn’t let age deter her; she didn’t say it was too late; she didn’t let fear get in her way; she just did something she loved – painting.
Happy National Grandma Moses Day!!
Go do what you love!
Till Next Time,