It’s time once again for What’s on Your Wall Wednesday, hosted by Barb at Grits and Glamour. I was so excited when Barb posted a reminder on her blog because I’ve needed an inspiration for a new post. I have been so busy lately that I’ve neglected my blog. When you’re finished here, be sure to head over to see Barb where she will have links to other participants.
This watercolor hangs just above my magnetic memo board that I posted about HERE. A few years ago I rescued it from a drawer at my mother’s house, had it reframed, and hung it in my kitchen. When I painted it back in 1957, Mother had it framed in a simple black frame, and it hung in her kitchen for years. I think it was banished to the drawer once her grandchildren started giving her their art work. There just wasn’t room for everything.
My Aunt Mary, who painted the portrait of me on the pig that I use for my blog header, let me use her set of watercolors when I painted this for the fifth grade art show. These were special watercolors. They didn’t come in a tin box with a fat brush that you couldn’t shape the way you wanted if your life depended on it. These watercolors came in tubes, and you squeezed the paint onto palettes and mixed it with water.
Aunt Mary lived next door, so every afternoon after school I would head over to her house, sit at her kitchen table, and work on my masterpiece. I was so proud of it, and I think I even won a blue ribbon.
The inspiration for my painting was this tile hot pad that Aunt Mary always kept on the countertop beside her stove. Since she gave it to me a few years ago, I have kept it on the countertop beside my stove. Even though it’s cracked and has been mended, it still comes in handy.
Now that I think about it, my barn painting is more than 50 years old. Do y’all think that makes it ancient art?