Sunday, November 22, 2015

Snowman Under The Ocean

When my youngest sister was 4 years old, she won a prize from the San Francisco Chronicle for her delightful drawing which she titled, "Snowman Under The Ocean." When we were growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Redwood City, California, there was an ongoing contest where children from all around the San Francisco Bay Area would send drawings to the newspaper, and a winning drawing would be chosen and featured on the comics page of the newspaper. The newspaper kept my sister's winning drawing but sent my sister the metal plate they used to print her drawing in a place of honor on the same page as the daily comics.

With a little Google research, I discovered that the children's art contest was a long-standing tradition with the Chronicle.  An artist named Vivian Goddard, who lived to 101 years old, won a prize for her art work as a 4 year old in 1908!

My sister and I are working on a reconciliation after a 12-year estrangement, and I am grateful to her for having given me permission to post her drawing here on my blog.


Anonymous said...

That is such a great drawing! I love that the Chronicle had such a wonderful contest. A great way to spark creativity. Also so good to know that you and your sister are reconciling. Truly lovely.

am said...

Coincidentally, my sister has also been making mandalas. I hope to see her mandalas soon.