Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Miss Potter

"There’s something delicious about writing those first few words of a story, you can never quite tell where they’ll take you. Mine took me here, where I belong." - Beatrix Potter

My daughter Eve and I recently had the pleasure of viewing the film Miss Potter together. Beatrix Potter, not to be confused with Harry Potter or the potter Beatrice Wood, was a writer and illustrator during the Victorian period in England. An extremely creative and talented young lady from a very early age, who had a terrific ability of translating and observing nature.
Having read Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny stories to Eve when she was a tot, we found the movie delightful. The film makers choose to animate some of her characters and drawings splendidly throughout the story, adding an extra dimension to the telling of the life of this independent and best-selling author. Most inspirational, and something both Eve and I were not aware of, was Miss Potters devotion to the land.
She was passionate about conserving both land and community in the Lake District, her muse, where she spent many summers as a child. . When she passed Beatrix donated over 4,000 acres of farmland to The National Trust, a land preservation trust in England. (Similar to the Santa Monica Conservancy here in Los Angeles.) This land remains as lovely as when she began purchasing in 1905. Miss Potter was a modern woman in Victorian times committed to a strong sense of values.
If you purchase or rent the DVD, make sure to watch the special features for a more in depth look into the life and impact of this incredible artist.
An environmentalist, a pioneer, an independent free innovator and a visionary.

Peter Rabbit

The National Trust

The Lake District

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