dinsdag 13 oktober 2009

Three or more Tuesday favorite paintings

Since I was a child I had an interest in the arts. My father followed painting lessons in the local academy and saw him do his paintings in the evenings and in the weekends. I have one memory of me being a model for him. He took me on his bike to class on a cold february evening. I remember the hot burning coal stove and the fact that I was wearing my hair in a ponytail. That I had it in a ponytail was special since my mom always braided my hair . I hated that and it was very special for me that I could have it in a ponytail. Helas the portrait of me is gone missing in the last 15 years.
The painting above is one of my fathers paintings. He was not a great artist but this painting is double special to me. He made it when I was 9 and it depicts his hometown seen from the little mount there was. It's called "Bilzen seen from the Borreberg". It hangs in my hall and I love the cool winter theme and the understated colors.
This second painting I found in a fleamarket. It costed almost nothing. It's painted on a wood panel and the frame is black with handpainted tiny golden stars. I believe it is at least 100 years old. It only costed about 60 dollars but I am in love with it. It has such charm. I love paintings with black and white cows on it. A reminder of my father being a farmers son??

The third and last painting I found in a second hand shop. It's big, almost 27¨ square.
It stood there in the second hand shop with a very havy gold frame on it. I immediatly say its potential. The painting is very well done and I love the braekfast scene on it. The eggs, the bread and the herings, the jug of milk and the cup and the Sanseveria plant. This plant was once's in every household. I remember my mother having one too. It is very strong and if your lucky it blooms once a year with one big stem of Ammaryllis type flowers. The painted costed about 150 dollars but I think it is worth every cent. It is the perfect picture for our kitchen wall.

5 opmerkingen:

Candy zei

I think they are very special paintings too. The snowy town scene is nice as it is but the story of your father standing on the little mound overlooking his home town...gives a deeper dimension.
They are all great works and I am glad you have them.
Thanks for coming by for tea. Come back soon, you know the garden gate is always open.
More Tuesday Blessings ;-)

Christi @ A Southern Life zei

Lovely paintings and wonderful story of your father. I think I like his painting the best of all!


Charlene zei

Nice paintings. My grandmother was was the painter in our family, and she didn't start until late in life, when she took some lessons at the local senior citizens center. I have many of her pictures, they mean that much more because of the sentimental attachment.

I recognize the plant depicted in the last picture, and you're right, everyone used to have one of these--they are easy to grow, in pots or in a garden. My mom always called it a "Mother-in-law's tongue".

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove zei

Such a wonderful story and paintings!

My mother is a painter as well and I have several of her paintings and cherish each of them!

And thank you for stopping by my blog and answering the question of what my little dishes are!

Maggie B zei

The paintings are very interesting, I particularly like the one of the cow. But then I do live in Normandy!!