Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How one book can change the world...

hello everyone.

This is Harriet Beecher Stowe. 

She's an american author who is most well known
for her book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin", 
a book about slavery and the desire for change.

A great book, although it was at times hard to read.
Too much suffering.

So many books to read...
so many things to learn.

I think women like this were so brave...

at a time where it was certainly uncool
to speak out against slavery (in the 1800's)
and where it was definitely uncool
to speak out at all, if you were a woman.

...and yet, she wrote.

It is said that when she met Abraham Lincoln,
he referred to her as
"the little woman who made this great war"
(the American civil war)

She may not be responsible for having started the war,
but one thing is certain:
she got people thinking
about why certain things were still accepted.

Why some things were still left unquestioned.

Thought is the seed that breeds action and change.

A quick tint in photoshop, and it feels more like the 1800's... :-)

And this was taken yesterday... 

today is a different picture. Another snow storm.
Another day of from school for the kids.
Another day inside for me,
drinking coffee and staying out of trouble. (giggle)

thank you all for your kind comments and emails

I knew most of you were kind souls
and truth seekers.



  1. What a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. You are so right, that it must have been incredibly difficult for her to stand up for what she believed to be right. One of my favorite tributes to her is in "The King and I," where Tuptim uses the story as an allegory to address her own enslavement. Here's the link to the 1956 film version!

  2. What an excellent portrait sketch ~ Wow!

    I know I agree too much snow ~ tis winter ~ more predicted here for weekend .

  3. "thought is the seed that breeds action and change."

    I may be quoting you, soon!
    Love your work!

  4. Beautiful portrait Pauline. It is amazing what one strong person can accomplish.

  5. Great sketch! Love your pen-work and the movement it creates...

  6. Your pencil drawing is really clever and depicts her character brilliantly.....thank you for reminding me of her story.

  7. Great woman, great drawing, and nice to be inside home, drinking cofee, and watching through the window how things just happen!!

  8. I love your 'scribbly' drawing of Harriet Beecher Stowe, a type of art I love to see and draw. Your drawing is so effective and seems to express the type of person she was.

  9. Wonderful sketch Pauline and that photo is stunning with the catch of orange light, so very beautiful!

  10. I love your sketch - it does look really authentic after the tinting too :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  11. I just love your portraits Pauline! And you always (re)introduce us to the most interesting and inspiring people. xx