A few weeks ago, I posted about a book sale sponsored by our local friends of the library. At that sale, for fifty cents, I purchased a book in the art section entitled: Folk Art Motifs of Pennsylvania by Frances Lichten. It is a Dover book. It is under copyright by the estate of Frances Lichten. The first copyright was in 1954.
I picked the book up last week and looked it closely and I was amazed by the sketches and color pages. The author redrew motifs from quilts, ceramics, painted furniture, tinware, and other items. This portrays a look at traditional Pennsylvania Dutch motifs. My favorite ones in the book are tulips, birds, parrots, and mermaids. I was surprised by this book and the variety of motifs. I haven’t checked Amazon to see if it is available there. I know I’m going to be able to incorporate some of the vines and leaves in some of my own doodles. I have another spread finished in my journal but I will have to share that another day.