Wouldn’t your child just love a copy of this picture on their playroom wall? Perfect for mounting and hanging in your child’s bedroom or playroom. $15.00 will include one print, one game sheet, any tax and mailing fees. Please call 916-783-3617 (California time please) if you would like to place an order for a 17″ x 28″ poster of 86 beloved fairy tales.
There is also a legend which can be hung beside the print which depicts where each fairy tale is located. A game sheet accompanies the print so children can spend time picking out various things in the print, like where is the elf with the spyglass or the rabbit in the sprinkler can?
The original mural took over 11 years to complete and was 7-1/2 ft by 12 ft. The original is still in the possession of her daughter.
How did this 11 year project come about? Her son, Kris, asked her to draw a giant so he could hang it in his bedroom. Then her daughter, Emily, asked her to draw a princess, and so it began. She got up an hour early each morning before she had to get ready to go to work so she could draw the tiny detailed art. Eventually it became one huge 7-1/2 ft by 12 ft mural. A bit too cumbersome to do anything with, she had prints made about half that size and at first sold them to libraries, doctors offices, hospitals, dentists offices, etc. Eventually these smaller prints were made and they are available now for your children to enjoy.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Cordelia Jane Rockhill Kennedy 1923 – 2014
Corky, as she always liked to be called – was a very friendly and small lady. She was dearly loved by many people. She had a very cheerful and sweet disposition, and a natural inclination to always look on the bright side of things.
Corky grew up in Indiana along with her sister, Elizabeth. By the time she was 12 she had blossomed into a gifted artist and went on to receive an art scholarship to John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. Although her father died early in her life, she had a wonderful mother, Eva Rockhill, who influenced Corky’s life in many ways. One thing Eva impressed Corky with were her wonderful fairy tales. Eva told fairy tales over and over to anyone who would sit still a few minutes and just listen.
One of the most important friendships of Corky’s life began when she was only six. Corky befriended the Kennedy children that lived next door in Indianapolis and learned how to play the ukulele from the boy, George Kennedy. She became lifelong best friends with George’s sister Mary Kennedy, who she corresponded with for the rest of her life.
Corky met and married her first husband Carl Shook right before WWII, and their son John was born while Carl was serving his country. John’s Uncle Don was also away at war so the women all moved in together and John was raised and very much loved by all three women – his mother Corky, his Aunt Elizabeth and his Grandmother Eva and those bonds between he and them have remained very strong for all three.
Like many marriages that happened during the war, Corky and Carl’s marriage suffered, and eventually they parted ways. Corky married Bill Judson in 1955, a man she had dated briefly when she was 17. They had three children – Kris, Robin and Emily. Corky was a very good mother. When John married his sweetheart Patricia in 1963, Corky was so happy that and on the way home from the ceremony, she asked John and Pat pull over to the side of the road so she could stress how happy she was that they had each other.
Corky took an interest in all her children’s hobbies, homework and school projects. She helped son Kris put together insect displays and sewed him butterfly nets, she custom designed paper dolls for Emily, and she encouraged Robin in his interest in playing the violin and clarinet. She loved to prepare large, elaborate meals for her family, ensuring each person had their very favorite dishes and didn’t have to eat anything they didn’t like. Remarkably, none of her children were overweight!
One of the most special gifts that Corky gave her children was her storytelling. Her mother Eva had told many, many fairytales to Corky and her sister when they were growing up, and Corky continued this tradition with her own children. This combination of fairy tales and artistic talent provided the foundation for Corky’s fairy tale mural, which she drew and painted during these years. Corky began sharing the fairy tale mural with others, eventually taking the very large mural to schools to share with the children. What fun it was to listen to her make those stories come alive to the children. With help from her children, she got prints made of the mural and sold copies to children’s hospitals, libraries and doctor’s offices during the 70’s.
During the 1980’s, Corky reunited with her old friend George Kennedy who had taught her to play the piano at age 6, and they married in 1989. With similar temperaments and lots of childhood memories in common, they had a wonderful marriage, but of short duration because George died within the first several years from MS.
Corky was also one of those rare people who could sit down and play a song on the piano instinctively without reading any notes. She taught herself to play the piano, the guitar and the ukelele. It isn’t possible to summarize the special person Corky Kennedy was to so many people. Whether she was telling fairy tales or entertaining her family with her funny little “ditties” as she sang while she played her ukelele, she was full of fun and smiles. Her kindness to others, sweet disposition, unbridled optimism and creativity are what those who love her will remember most and will try to emulate in her honor.