Memories. Linda and I were in the Mrs. Lester's senior art class together and I particularly remember the time when we were all assigned a project using acrylic paints on canvas. I can close my eyes and see the bright colors of Linda's work which was a farm scene with a large and very cheerful rendition of a cow. I didn't quite get it at the time - why in the world was she painting this bucolic vision? Now I know. The girl that I knew then became the woman who now, many years after achieving her dream of getting a BFA from RIT, can draw the most intricate and detailed renderings of country life -- landscapes and barns, farmhouses and gardens, flora and fauna ... well, it's just amazing. My friend and art class buddy, Mark Robinson, and I were always a bit miffed that Mrs. Lester paid so little attention to us and seemed to only have eyes for Linda's work. I guess the lady knew what she was about, since it was her star pupil who produced the lovely calendar I'm poring over right now. It's obvious that she spent countless hours making the ink drawings for this publication; I can't say how much I admire her level of dedication.
Linda's illustrative abilities and attention to detail make viewing the 12 months of covered bridge art a joy. Each page features a different bridge from locations all around the northeastern U.S. and many also have beautiful drawings in the surrounding borders that enhance the central image. One can look at each page over and over and keep discovering tiny details that are just a delight. I think my favorite has to be November (above). It's such a lovely bridge, and the borders are filled with drawings of leaves and tiny birds and squirrels in the corners. Fabulous!
Thank you, Linda for sending me such a treat for the eyes, and for allowing me to post these little scans of your drawings. I hope many, many copies of this work find their way into peoples' homes and hearts, just as it has mine.
All images copyright 2011, Linda Cook Devona.