Many years ago, in fact, well before the turn of the century, Tom’s mom invited us for dinner at the Round House where she lived. As we were relaxing on the deck this conversation followed.
“Now Tom, I want you to go to the lumber store and buy a piece of plywood that can stand to be outdoors,” said Marjorie.
“Yes Marjorie,” said Tom.
“And I want you to cut it into a 4 foot circle for me.” she said.
“Okaaaay,” replied Tom.
And that was the end of the conversation.
A week went by and we were invited for dinner again. This time she turned to me and said, “This board is primed and ready for you to help me paint a rooster on it,” and she showed me a picture of what she wanted it to look like.
End of conversation.
She and I had a lovely time together painting the rooster but never once did she reveal what it was for. When it was finally completed, she turned to Tom and said, “Now dear, I want you to build a base for it and make it into a table.” And of course Tom complied!
For Tom’s birthday that year we had a small party at the
Round House and after dinner, we went outside where Marjorie, being as cute as only she could be, announced, “Here is your birthday present!” and pointed at the table we had both help make!
For many years before my circle paintings were even thought of, the rooster was on the table crowing his little heart out trying to wake me up! When the Spirit Catcher paintings finally began to emerge, the rooster was looking pretty shabby. We took the table apart and Tom sanded the board so only the outline remained and I repainted the rooster. We gave him a place of honour on the east side of our house where he has greeted the morning sun for over 22 years!!!