About Fifty years ago in San Francisco Ca., "Blanche's," as her pier-side restaurant was known, became a popular lunch spot and hangout for artists (my mother was one of them) downtown workers and socialites looking for an offbeat place to eat.
Located at Fourth and Channel streets, on the sunny south side of Mission Creek, the battered red fisherman's shack and its garden attracted artists including Ruth Asawa and Sam Provenzano, writers Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Herbert Gold, stage star Mary Martin, and fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.
The Mr. Goose Story Mr. Goose was a real goose. Many years ago my mother, the artist, took me out to see this particular goose she was sketching for one of her paintings. This goose was a kind of 'watchdog' for a property owner up Dry Creek Road in Napa Valley, Ca. Mr. Goose guarded his territory well!
It took my mother several months to gain the trust of goose in order to get close enough for her to sketch him. Mr. Goose would stand across a small wooden bridge that went over a little brook.
Day after day my mother would go to the little bridge and try to befriend Mr. Goose. In time she was able to win Mr. Goose's trust, cross the bridge, and begin to sketch him.
This scene started as an old rough sketch, almost ended up as a through away in the trash. A family member convinced my mom to to hang on to it and do a small painting of it in just a few colors. It looks almost black & white.