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A Shaver Drawing

May 27th, 2008 · No Comments


This sketch comes from a notebook kept by Richard Shaver’s wife Dorothy; the notebook contains recipes (both manuscript and clipped from newspapers) and miscellaneous jottings. 

I can’t be certain that it’s by Shaver, since it’s unsigned.  The handwriting looks like his; and the artwork, although cruder than his usual style, resembles other sketches he made of what he saw in rocks.  Could it be by Dorothy?  She made ceramics (I have one of her ashtrays); maybe she drew as well.  At any rate, it’s from the Shaver household, and Chief Sun Shine is a cheery presence by any standard.  He hangs on my wall, and I’m always glad to see him.

(“Chief Sun Shine” was displayed as part of “Microlithomania”; for more on Shaver, see the earlier post, “Thinking Backwards,” as well as the indispensable website Shavertron.)

(Posted by Doug Skinner)

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