Audrey: The painting of the blue teapot and the pink rose. Elise Gardner was the teacher when I painted the teapot and pink rose (watercolor). She kept one picture of every artist that she had as a student. She would have Exhibitions of Elise Gardner’s Student Artists. She asked me if she could keep my drawing of a calf. Of course, I said yes.
I had drawn a calf from the farm. I remember my father was standing there. The calf was sleeping, a little calf, all curled up and sleeps. She liked my calf because it was different. It was different because as a farmer then there were no artists. Everybody (students at RISD) was from Providence. There were no farmers there. They were all from Providence. The little calf was just lying there. Grandpa was there looking at the calf.