Primitive Treasures


Farm Scene – graphite and crayon – Mildred Burge 1943

Our own Grandma Moses: My Dad’s oldest sister was born in the early 1920s. I spent today going through and scanning some treasures her daughter shared with me – drawings made on found paper. It caused me to wonder a lot about my aunt who died when I was in 5th grade. She was the oldest of 10 and her art and photography has been quite the revelation of a creative young woman with a love for her family and the details of life.

1943 Dec Night Before Christmas

Night Before Christmas – graphite and crayon – Mildred Burge 1943

1945 Attic

The Attic – graphite – Mildred Burge 1945

1948 Oct In the Rockies

The Rockies – graphite and crayon – Midred Burge 1948

My aunt seemed to be inspired by her travels, Christmas, and lots of detail.

1950 Jan-24

Farm Country Scene – graphite and crayon – Mildred Burge 1950

Farm Scene 2-pencil-crayon

Farm Scene – graphite and crayon – Mildred Burge date unknown

1969 Jan-11

Farm Scene – graphiite – Mildred Burge 1969

1969 Jan-6 Farm crayon-pencil

Countryside Scene – graphite and crayon – Mildred Burge 1969

1964 Feb 22I

Mountain Valley – graphite and crayon – Mildred Burge 1950

1950 Oct-17

Large Barn Scene – graphite – Mildred Burge 1950

I find myself becoming lost in the details of life in the mid 1900s. It is like an eye spy page -the more I look, the more details I find! Very interesting.



What does an artist do when she blows 2 tires on her new car and her sister and family, Sunday soup in hand, come riding to the rescue in their clunkety van? She draws a thank you!


Note: Coup Fourre is a reference to a rescue card in the game of Mille Bornes, which the kids insisted would have helped me a lot. I told them that they were my coup fourre.



Their unabashed joy in the whole situation made it not so bad. A month later, their poor van gave up the ghost itself, but it was useful for several family rescues over the years.


Note: It has only been recently that I learned to illustrate. Much thanks to a class I took during my graphic design degree. Thank you, Jacob!

Annual Family Calendar


Every year for the past 13 I have created a family calendar. It is a 13 month calendar since I normally do not finish it until January – that would be because of all the Christmas orders and the busy holiday season. This year was a bit different in that I received a stack of ornament orders at the end of December, but I somehow managed to complete my calendar before the end of the month! Yay!

I kept it simple this year:

  • I used some of the photography of one of my sister-in-laws, as well as my own. She and my brother are around the farm at different times of the day and year than I am and she captures some great pictures.
  • With 23 nieces and nephews – I pulled from this past year’s images and created a sepia closeup of each.
  • I added a scripture per month.
  • 19×13 inch matte 2-sided photo paper.
  • HP large format printer

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