This little painting of daughter Pearl, was done a few years ago. Pearl, the second oldest in the clan, has a number of things she does very well on any given day. Sometimes I call her the maiden of potatoes because of the fantastic dishes she creates with this humble root crop, scalloped potatoes, roasted root medely, and spicey oven fries to name a few. She is great in the kitchen and a big help to us in a family of eight often with guests added in. Around here, there are just a whole lot of mouths to feed every day. Pearl writes letters and consistantly writes in her personal journals. Her writing is the other side of her consistant reading. I have no doubt that her writing will eventually break through the soil like the garlic bulbs did this spring after their long patient wait through the Michigan winter. Pearl draws and paints out of a very private internal world where young girls are perfectly balanced with nature and each other. Her small pieces are quiet and peaceful but do not easily fall onto the page. They come with much struggle and rearranging. I have always loved the ghost images left behind from her erasing that give evidence to the artistic struggle that comes with the creation of her best pieces. Lastly is her special ability with a camera. She has fallen into the role of documenting many of the important events that our family lives through as well as the quiet moments of the countless regular days where she also finds beauty and significance. Whether still photography or her short film, Pearl has a natural ability to frame a shot that makes the most banal slices of life as magical as her small drawings and paintings. Yesterday Pearl found herself sandwiched between two professional film makers one here in Grand Rapids MI and one in NYC-- doing her best to upload one of her own family film projects. She had been callled upon to make one of her films available to the Etsy.com team in Brooklyn where they are in the editing process of a film documenting our family's artistic journey.
On my first CD, Seemless Life, I included a song called "More Better Girl" (in which Pearl's voice became an intregal part) that celebrates this very special young woman. I have five incredible daughters, and Pearl holds her unique place among them with grace and beauty.With Pearl adding so much to our family adventure, I know the day she is launched to begin her own journey apart from our home, will be a devastating heart-break that I am already bracing myself for.