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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Scattered pictures.................

All my life I have been drawn to art and have been surrounded by Artworks...not the fancyshmansy big name Artists of  museum fame. but the down to earth bucolic landscapes, the renditions of everyday life, the portraiture of unknown people,but that touch a cord...usually with an undiscernable signature.  My first contact with artwork came at the Grocery Store...don't laugh....I was all of maybe  5, but I remember Mom would do the shopping, pay, and then choose a wonderful 'painting'...ok..ok..it was a lithograph..not oil, but to me they were a priceless treasure... and this happened every week! Well of course it ended, to my disappointment, but it was replaced by yet another..shop, pay, choose a treasure event...but that is for another post. Today I thought I'd take you down my memory lane..so to speak.

                                        These are just a couple of the landscapes to choose from

June Day by Brightwell


I can't make out  the signature on this one, nor is there a title

There were also cityscapes of far away places and ships sailing to distant shores.
  There were animal paintings, clowns, still lifes, and portraits........some of unknown origin as seen below......others  more renowned such as Washington Crossing the Delaware and the Signing of the Constitution..
Pink Girl, who went with Blue Boy, but he didn't figure into my room.

This picture came wuth the ornate plastic frame.........Mother and Daughter
  
Now the next pictures are older than the ones above. The next 2 pictures are favorite Cottages.......I always wished I could visit in these places.....................

This picture is much earlier than the 60's, maybe from the 40's.


I really wished I was the girl feeding the duck....hehe.


This Guardian Angel print was purchased by my Mom when  she first married from Woolworth. It is in it's original metal frame and still hangs in their bedroom. As a child it hung in my room to ward off closet monsters and the Boogeyman....hey....it worked wonders!

This picture was the basis of my whole bedroom in the early to mid 60's.....Swan Lake and ballet. Sears  had the whole Swan Lake bed set....canopy,,,,,bedspread.....pillow shams.....I had lavender walls and pale pink accents......heaven.


Here is my latest art acquisition from a local Antique Mall just a few weeks ago. It's another vintage 12x24 lithograph in it's original goldtone metal frame. As soon as I saw it....it made me smile. For a whole $2 I happily carried it home. I immediately took it my parents house to show them my great find. It made my Mom smile too......you see this picture hung over the living room sofa in thier apartment in California where I was born. At 3 months old Mom would lay me down and i'd look up at that picture and just smile. Well, this  will hang over my dresser mirror so when I open my eyes each morning it'll be the first thing I see.
Isn't it funny how art plays an integural part in our life and we don't even realize it?

Today I'm linking to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for her Pink Saturday get-together
Don't forget to stop by and visit all the other pink pretties.
And on Wednesday I'm heading over to Sue at It's a Very Cherry World for Rednesday Wednesday for all the Summer hot reds!

13 comments:

Jorgelina said...

Beautiful!
Happy pink saturday!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh, I love old prints! They bring such character to your home. Happy Pink Saturday! Twyla

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is just beautiful! Happy Pink sat!
Sanghamitra.

Cinderella Moments said...

My mom has the guardian angel. She had it when she was a little girl and had to have it again. It's an easy one to find. I love the cottages and the scenic landscape. They are all very cottage chic!
hugs,
Caroline

Collected Treasures...for the home, heart and soul said...

Love the cottages....all are beautiful.....thank you for stopping by....just became your newest follower.
xojana

Lynn said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures. Each one is wonderful. And to get that last one for $2.00! What a great deal. I've signed on to follow you. Can't wait to read more. Thanks for visiting Cottage and Creek too. Have a nice weekend.
~Lynn
www.cottageandcreek.com

Daniella said...

What a wonderful trip down memory lane! I love that your mom was so important to your love of art!!
Great find on your part too!!
xxDaniella

Brambleberry Cottage said...

All of your pieces of art are terrific, Melody! I collect old pieces, too. As a matter of fact, landscapes and cottages are some of my favorites.

I don't know if you saw the post about it, but I had a gorgeous "Pinky" that hung in my bedroom, until I sold it at a show last year. And the "Guardian Angel" has always been one of my favorites. I can remember sitting on my grangpa's lap as a child and having him sing to me, as I looked at a copy of that print. Thanks for bringing back fond memories for me, too. ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Melody,
How beautiful! If you have a chance, could you come visit my blog for a sec? I've got something I want to share with you...xo Cindy

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Melody,
Hello !

Thanks so much for your visit!!
Love the old paintings.
I have a newer version of Pink Girl only she looks more like peach girl! LOL!
And I have a Home Interiors picture of the Guardian Angel and a figurine to match!

Have a great day!

hugs,
Debbie

DoanLegacy said...

They are all gorgeous pieces of art! Have a wonderful week..

Lola said...

Such lovely works of art!

Have a lovely weekend too,

XOXO Lola:)

Splendid Little Stars said...

How lucky you were to be given the opportunity to appreciate art at an early age!
The story of your latest find is awesome!