Friday, January 24, 2014


A few years back, when Trinity was about 3 or 4, her Great Aunt Robin sent her a lovely sky blue book The Complete Works of Beatrix Potter. It was so gorgeous and heavy and "real" that I put it aside for when the kids were a bit older for fear they would rip the pages or not completely "appreciate" the works of a true artist and author. Then, a couple days ago I saw that my Amazon Prime account had added the new (well, "newish") movie Miss Potter , and I thought of Trinity and the lovely book and how far she has come in her reading and knew she would love the film.
 So we sat , tea in hand, snuggled under my great grandmother's quilt,  and laughed and cried our way through the story together. Trinity was completely delighted with the movie and loved how talented Beatrix was with her watercolors...

 Then , when she found out we HAVE the book with many of the prints and ALL of the stories from Miss Potter herself...squirrel almost came unglued (in a very, very good way.) She held the book so carefully and would flip the pages and recognize the pictures from the movie and "ooh" and "ah" and giggle over the funny names of the characters.

  What surprised me most is that for the rest of the day I would find her alone, sitting...READING out loud, and she could make out almost all of the words in the book. I loved the fact that she could understand the stories even though the style of writing is quite strange in comparison to more modern children's tales.
 As for me, I was quite inspired to try watercolors. I love the softness of the painting...almost as if each picture is covered with a cloud.

 Trinity has a lot in common with Beatrix Potter. She loves life and sees life in everything...she talks to trees, makes dolls out of clothespins, is constantly writing and drawing...she loves being outside even if by herself - fairies are real to her and flowers have lives...she is full of wonder and light. She is full of stories of her own...she is an artist in her own way.

“Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.” 
― Beatrix Potter

“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” 
― Beatrix Potter