Amy’s Art

I have the pleasure today of presenting a guest post by artist Amy Hintze. I happened to find two watercolor paintings of a scene out of the lives of the Alcott family on Google and was led to her website.
Amy is a painter for Music and the Spoken Word, a weekly broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  She paints in watercolor for them, mainly because the deadlines she needs to work within are very short, and watercolor is a quick enough medium to paint and scan.  Sometimes she has as little as four days to produce a painting!
She writes that the two paintings known as “Try Again Tomorrow” were “a delight to paint, since it gave me the opportunity to learn a bit more about Louisa May Alcott and her family.  I didn’t realize her family life paralleled her writing so closely.”
Her paintings were displayed on TV while Lloyd Newell, the narrator of the broadcast, told this story:

When troubles, heartaches, and disappointments weigh us down, how we cherish the companionship of friends who lift us up. Their patience and good cheer, even in the most stressful situations, can help us see beyond threatening clouds to clearer skies on the horizon.

An incident in the life of Amos Bronson Alcott, educator and father of famed author Louisa May Alcott, illustrates the positive influence we can have on each other. The Alcott family finances were meager, and expectations were placed on Mr. Alcott to replenish the coffers with his winter lecture series. When he returned home one cold night, the family circled around him close to the fire. A hush fell on the gathering as daughter May asked the question weighing on all their minds and hearts: “Father, did they pay you?”

Mr. Alcott opened his pocketbook, slowly pulled out a one-dollar bill, and laid it on the table. “Another year I will do better,” he said. There was silence. And then Mrs. Alcott threw her arms around her husband’s bent shoulders and said stoutly, “I call that doing very well.”

Mrs. Alcott understood how to master disappointment. She chose to be encouraging and optimistic instead of critical, bitter, or resentful. Without minimizing the problem, she kept the family’s focus on what really matters. She couldn’t make the family’s troubles go away, but she could contribute positively to the situation by lifting the burden from her husband with her patience and confidence. The Alcotts still had a difficult winter ahead, but they also had the strength and courage to face it together.

Marmee, the mother in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, gives this advice: “Don’t let the sun go down upon your anger; forgive each other, help each other, and begin again to-morrow.”

My thanks to Amy Hintze for this guest post and for permission to display to you her lovely paintings.

You can peruse Amy’s gallery of prints at her blog and purchase copies. Sounds like a great Christmas gift for the Louisa May Alcott fans in your life.

7 Replies to “Amy’s Art”

  1. What gorgeous paintings. I love your blog, which I now subscribe to, and am very much enjoying. I too love Louisa May Alcott. I was at the Concord Museum yesterday, enjoying the celebration of Christmas trees, decorated around the theme children’s books. Of course upstairs there is a tree created to celebrate the book Little Women.

    Your posts are wonderful and I am also enjoying your music on your other blog. I listened to I Forgive, and cried. I could feel the healing in your music. So lovely to meet you.


    1. Thank you! So glad you enjoyed the music and that you’re enjoying the blog. I love doing it! I wish I could find a moment to get to Concord to see the decorations at Orchard House and the Concord Museum, they must be beautiful.

  2. Thanks for posting my paintings on your blog. I’m glad you enjoyed them, and I’m glad I could be a part of such a passionate and well-researched blog. Louisa May Alcott was indeed an amazing woman. Merry Christmas!

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