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My First Painting! Betsy Ross Making the American Flag

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Betsy Ross sewing the first American flag. This was a very unusual subject for a Canadian Girl.

I am forever indebted to the friend who brought me a Paint By Numbers Kit to my Fifth Birthday Party.  These clumsy artistic boxes gifts were popular then.  It was impossible to be creative on your own, which meant making mistakes.

You just followed the numbers, and best of all, the paints were truly messy and risky, they smelled the whole living room up with oil and there was the useless bottle of turpentine, which most artists surely know adds even more mess.  Cleaning up with turpentine spreads the stains even further.  Amid the other gifts this wonderful present stood out, as it clearly caused me a leap up from  the artistic scale from boxes of crayons and lead pencils.

Later on as I opened up the tiny tins of paint I became intoxicated with the world of real painting, as the turpentine too gave me a buzz, similar to my thrill of Christmas trees, with their pine resin.

I was taken with the story of Betsy Ross, as I could see she too was doing something fairly risky, sitting around her own living room, probably getting the adult world mad at her, as my mother cursed the child who had introduced me to the carpet staining world of oil painting!

Lamma Island * Lantau Island * Cheung Chau Island
Hong Kong * Mui Wo * Peng Chau Island
Tung Chung * Shenzhen * Nanning * Hunan Province
Bobcaygeon * Pointe Claire * Montreal
Peterborough * Lake Sturgeon * Ontario
Vancouver * Richmond * British Columbia

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