Except for the sporadic coughing I am finally flu free! I haven’t done any painting since last week. Below is one of my older paintings and one of the last ones I finished last month. This was inspired by the nursery rhyme “Mary Had A Little Lamb” by Sarah Josepha Hale. The poem was based on an actual incident in Sterling Massachusetts. A girl named Mary Sawyer (later Mrs. Mary Tyler) brought her lamb to school and created a commotion. Very pleased with the incident, John Roulston, a visiting student rode his horse to the schoolhouse and handed Mary a slip of paper which had written upon it the three original stanzas of the poem. However, a different version of the story is that Hale composed the entire poem. Although Mary’s house was destroyed by arson a couple of years ago, the statue of Mary’s little lamb still stands in the town center.
Mary had a little lamb Whose fleece as white as snow. And everywhere that Mary went, The lamb was sure to go!
It followed her to school one day, which was against the rules. It made the children laugh and play, To see a lamb at school.