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Growing Pains — The Autobiography of Emily Carr

by Emily Carr, 1946

Emily Carr was a brilliant Canadian painter — but possibly an even more engaging writer. Growing Pains, her autobiography, is a charming and pointed series of vignettes describing her early life, family and artistic training. It's far and away one of the most conversational and readable autobiographies in our library, and a perfect look into the life of a woman who pushed the boundaries of North American art.

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Chapters

Colour-Sense

Three times that morning he had stood behind my easel and roared, "Scrape!" When he came the fourth time and said it again, my face went red.

The Outdoor Sketch Class

Sketching outdoors was a fluid process, half looking, half dreaming, awaiting invitation from the spirit of the subject to "come, meet me half way."