There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream – whatever that dream might be.
–Pearl S. Buck
It’s so Hot at these Heights! – 3″ x 4″ Inktense and Sharpie
The word of the week at Illustration Friday is Heights.
Susan (Surob) at WetCanvas posted a photo of a squirrel, all sprawled
out trying to cool off on a hot day. I thought it was perfect for this
week’s theme. Check back tomorrow for another one.
Are you wondering what Inktense is? Inktense pencils are like
watercolor pencils, except the color is very intense and after it is
dry, it’s permanent, like ink. Here is a photo with part of the sky
still in the pencil form.
Today is the 20th anniversary of Signs by Beth, LLC!
I can’t believe I’ve had my sign shop for 20 years. I should be
celebrating somehow. Can’t celebrate with the hubby because he has been
wanting me to retire for the last 10 years. My business is the thing
that keeps me away from him. I can see what he means, but it’s still
something to be proud of. WoooHooo! There! Celebrated.
I had to post the photo again, because when Facebook picks this up,
sometimes it posts the last photo and I didn’t want the half done sky to
show up on Facebook.
Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26,
1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Her parents, Absalom and Caroline
Sydenstricker, were Southern Presbyterian missionaries, stationed in
China. Pearl was the fourth of seven children (and one of only three who
would survive to adulthood). She was born when her parents were near
the end of a furlough in the United States; when she was three months
old, she was taken back to China, where she spent most of the first
forty years of her life.
In 1910, Pearl enrolled in Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, in
Lynchburg, Virginia, from which she graduated in 1914. Although she had
intended to remain in the US, she returned to China shortly after
graduation when she received word that her mother was gravely ill. In
1915, she met a young Cornell graduate, an agricultural economist named
John Lossing Buck. They married in 1917, and immediately moved to
Nanhsuchou (Nanxuzhou) in rural Anhwei (Anhui) province. In this
impoverished community, Pearl Buck gathered the material that she would
later use in The Good Earth and other stories of China.
More on Pearl S. Buck can be found here.