Saturday, October 8, 2011

Elspeth Peasemarchington-Smythe

I have been planning to open another Etsy shop and have a blog to go with it.  The blog will be the ostensible diary of Elspeth Peasemarchington-Smythe, a fictitious young woman living in the 1930s.   Here is a sketch of Elspeth:

This young lady has attitude.  She is determined to be a great artist -- in what genre or style is still undecided -- and her first goal is to reach the status of student at an art school.  

But it is the middle of the Great Depression, and her ambition will be very difficult to achieve.  Presently she holds the position of secretary to Mr. Samuel Hardy, a probate attorney in a small metropolis in the Mid West.  She answers the phone, schedules appointments, takes dictation, and types letters and pleadings by day, and sketches, draws, and paints by night in her small closet-like room at the Louisa Datchett Boarding Home for Young Women.  

Sometimes, despite her passion for art, she feels discouraged --  especially at night, after a painting session has gone badly, when she realizes afresh her need for tuition under accomplished teachers.  However, she always wakes up each morning with new hope and new determination to reach her dream, even in the midst of the Depression.  "Where there's a will, there's a way," she tells herself.  "Somehow, some way, I'll make it."


Here is another video from my visit to Busch Gardens last week:   (click on link below to see it)


  1. Just to let you know that I'm following on your other blog and will enjoy this one from there.