This painting is another one of my favorites from the book. I was a lot of
fun to paint---when you're painting "squares" representing farmland it really
doesn't matter what you do to them---I just played with the colors and let it be. I
also like how the farmland looks "quilted", which echoes both the pencil drawing
on the same page, and the text talking about farmers leaving their land to each
I hope Sharon will forgive me for mentioning
this, but on reading the manuscript I thought to myself, "here's where she wants the
"strata" picture showing all the items in the ground.", and I was
determined not to do that as it is THE cliched archaeological image. I wanted to
make it a little more poetic and in keeping with the rest of the book, so I seized on the
"hidden history" line and thought "what if I let it all be hidden?"
I'm really happy with how it turned out.
Their are no spots on this page, but the
margin drawings are of blades of wheat and a quilt respectively.