Welcome to "The Last Leaf Gardener," a blog by Patricia Youngquist. I am a photo-artist, bird-lover and urban gardener living in NYC. My website includes my non-nature themed images (Black and White as well as Kaleidoscopic). Click on the fourth image in sidebar (Left) to visit. I also have published a three volume book series, "Words In Our Beak," in which the stories are told by Cam, the bird pictured above. Click on the first image in the sidebar (Right) for info.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Reflections On A Crayoned-Creation ETC
The drawing atop this blog entry was presumably created by yours truly for my signature (By Patti) can be seen in the upper lefthand corner. I have no recollection of creating this picture; but it would have to have been when when I was at least seven or eight years of age; as that is the time cursive writing was introduced in the school. During that time period, my teachers required me to spend many recesses in the classroom, working on my penmanship under the "direction" of peers who had mastered The Palmer Method.
My other clue as to when I created this drawing is the fact that my signature refers to me as Patti. From birth up until the end of third grade, I was called by this nickname. After fourth grade I went through my being called "Pat" phase, but was unsure how it felt, so I would sign my name "Pat (ti optional)." Being called Patricia came much later. I've never been thrilled with the name Patricia, and I suppose I could've changed my name, but the legality of what would be involved to do this has never been something I wanted to contend with.
But getting back to my drawing! I came upon it while going through a box of papers that I have had a hard time tossing as they are associated with cards and letters that have been sent to me over the years. Upon my tackling the act of oranizing these correspondences caused me to think of the long departed entertainer, Dean Martin. He was known for his weekly closing remarks of his television show, where he said, "keep those cards and letters coming."
Because I have designed greeting cards over the years (and have written about the value of sending non-cyber cards and letters), you might conclude that I was in agreement with Dino on this sentiment. But I am here to confess that there are times when I am going through the many cards and letters which have been sent to me, that I find myself tempted to say, "Please! Don't keep those cards and letters coming!"
Be that as it may, I have hung on to a good number of cards and letters that I have received over the years, which is a habit I may have gotten from my dearly departed grandmother. She is on my mind more than ever these days as it the anniversary-time of her passing; and also because her birthday would've been this coming Saturday.
It seems my grandmother kept most of the cards and letters that I sent her, including ones from my childhood days. I know this to be true because after her death, my sister sent me a box that was filled with cards and letters which I had sent to my grandma. The recent activity of sorting through this box was made possible by my having to curtail my normal routine to stay home and recuperate from my accident.
When I was sorting through those boxed-up materials I found the picture that I've been discussing (which I scanned into an image file, then placed it atop this blog entry). As you can see I had little talent when it came to drawing! However, I am curious about the bluejay that I feature in my crayoned creation; for even though I have an excellent memory, I have no recollection of seeing this bird type as a child. I suppose the fact that a jay is included in my drawing doesn't mean I saw one, I might've just learned about them, prompting me to feature it.
Whatever the case may be, my including a bluejay in my drawing might have to remain a mystery, but I can say, re jays, they will be discussed in detail in the sequel to Words In Our Beak Volume One,the book (pictured below) that I co-authored with Cam, my visiting cardinal.
This particular book has been well received in Apple's iBooks Store as well as on Amazon! Cam and I hope to have the sequel out by September. Bluejays are among a number of bird types that will be included in our new book, where Cam will discuss how this bird type has impacted her life in my urban garden — especially at my wreath-style whole peanut bird feeder (pictured below with a baby bluejay taking over the accommodations)!
ADDENDUM: I no longer actively produce event program covers, invitations and the types of greeting cards described on my website but arrangements might be able to be made under certain circumstances.
My focus is on the Words In Our Beak book series (pictured below)whose stories are told from the point of view of Cam, a female cardinal.
As of May 22 2018, I have rendered some images from these books into greeting cards and they are available on Fine Art America, please click here for more info.
Re my book series: Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The books include hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.
At this moment, May 2018, both volumes one and two are in hardcover format (as seen below) and are available wherever books are sold.
*Here's the purchase info for the Words In Our Beak book series: