My friends back home assumed I would have a mad and passionate affair while in
Rome, but I didn’t. Aside from constantly itching from some allergen in the air and
always getting lost in translations, I found my life there both intriguing and memorable.
I waited and waited for what seemed like an eon to hear from the New York gallery.
Of course, the mail system in Italy moved slower than the proverbial molasses in spring.
Ordinary mail was expensive and my friends told me it often took two weeks for a letter
to reach its destination in a nearby province, so I should be patient. To collect letters at
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the local post office, I had to produce proof of identity and I went there daily to see if a
special envelope had arrived.
Notice in the following four examples of lithographs how the use of color and detail
evolved over the decades. Three of them were used as posters to advertise events or
causes and the final one of the baby to create income for the artist. I would have loved to
attain the skill of Charlotte Becker in her lithographs, but I could only produce such detail
on canvas. I was young. I wanted everything to happen yesterday. Becoming really good
at anything often requires years. And persistence.
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