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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wordless Wednesday -- Painted at age 80

This painting isn't particularly beautiful or unusual, but it hangs in my dining room and I look at it every day. My grandfather painted it when he was 80. I have the copper jug displayed below the painting. Apparently, he used it for holding water and swishing the paint off of his brushes! The evidence is on the inside rim. What was he thinking?


I believe the jug was purchased by him during one of his many trips overseas. Imagine Paris in 1927, bet he had fun. In the 30 years I've had it, I cleaned it once.

Very worn around rim, and thin band about to fall off.
Bottom of pot.


12 comments:

Cynthia Shenette said...

Great painting and great story! Your grandfather did a nice job on the painting. Capturing the reflections in the jug isn't easy. My mom painted and she said painting the reflections on glass or in your case copper was one of the toughest things to do. You're lucky to have such a nice painting in your dining room.

Carol said...

Fabulous. I love paintings like this, done by family members! Wonderful.

Michelle Goodrum said...

Fantastic heirlooms! Your grandfather was quite the artist and I love that you still have the copper jug.

Lisa Wallen Logsdon said...

What absolutely wonderful treasures Barbara!

Susan Clark (Nolichucky Roots) said...

This is grand! As to what he was thinking, I suspect he was remembering that trip to Paris with each brush he cleaned. Personally I prefer objects that have been used and are a bit worn. Makes the connection seem more real.

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you all for your comments. I'm running out of show and tell items, but this is my favorite, and I'm glad you appreciated it.

Jasia said...

Nice photo of a lovely painting. I wish I had that kind of talent in my family!

Greta Koehl said...

Lovely! Artistic talent must run in the family.

dee-burris said...

What treasures you have there...

Barbara Poole said...

Jasia, Greta and Dee, I appreciate your comments.

Susan Petersen said...

Fantastic! Amazing to have not only the painting, but the subject! What a treasure.

my Heritage Happens said...

This is VERY special and unique! You have so many wonderful treasures, and I can see why these would be one of your favorites! Special indeed!