Cottage Life is a series of original watercolor sketches that I made for a family cookbook featuring iconic images from the large log cottage my great-grandparents bought in Central Wisconsin during the polio years. My mother and a bunch of her cousins from the five branches of the family spent whole summers there under the supervision of their grandparents and an occasional mom. I went to the cottage frequently as a child, on weekends, but never spent a whole summer there. Since that time, the whole ever-expanding family has gathered there on the 4th of July. Close to 70 people stay in the long-house like cottage filled with bunk beds, double beds, rows of single beds and fold-out futons. The couple with the youngest baby gets to have one of the two bedrooms in the loft, with a crib. The rest of the family sleeps in tents, or at the local motel, or at B&Bs in the area.
We all get along very well, and because of the cottage, I know my mother’s cousins and their spouses, their children, and their childrens’ children. No TVs have ever been allowed. It’s a place of sing-alongs, Sheepshead card games, bratwurst and corn roasts, horseshoes, swimming, and quite a bit of drinking.
These watercolors are the originals for the illustrations in the cookbook. If any of you are interested in prints, let me know—they’re $50 each. And if you want a cookbook, for $75 plus shipping, we can arrange that, too.
Canoe. 12×15 frame. Image is 8” x 8. $350. (If you need me to ship, I will do so without the glass).
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