Thursday, June 17, 2010

Painted Gifts- Prior Lives

I went around taking pictures of the things in my home a while back,  that my daughters have painted or drawn for me; and that have decorated my home over the years.  I decided to group them all together here, and show case them. 
I love them all! 

Some of them also have Prior Lives as you can I'm linking up to Lezlee's Prior Lives Party #4  


This little watering can, a souvenir from an Arkansas Flea 
---painted by my youngest daughter when she was just a young girl. 

This framed artwork painted by my oldest daughter-- when she was 15 yrs old. 
It is a rendering of her Grampa's barn---they (he and Granny)  had two, this one was at the bottom of the mountain. It's titled 
"the Lower Barn" 

A skillet... now artwork for my kitchen. 
I think of breakfast being cooked before morning chores, when I see this skillet. 
It helps that I love old cast iron skillets and still cook with one almost everyday! 

A painted bird house. 
The purple tree on this bird house has significance to my daughter. 
I home schooled my children all from birth, but my oldest attended K-5 for one year. 
She remembers  a piece of crumpled up artwork hanging next to her class mates, after she had drawn and colored a purple tree, only to be laughed at by her peers. She didn't want to hang it. Her teacher gave it to me and I explained to my daughter that there ARE INDEED PURPLE TREES. Not all trees are green. The purple ones are beautiful and hidden amongst green trees you have to look hard to see them and when you do you find a unique and rare beauty! 
My daughter is a unique and rare beauty. 
She and I hung her artwork in the hall that afternoon. Very proudly!  

Yellow Enamel-ware casserole dish makes a wonderful sized canvas-- can you tell my oldest likes barn scenes. You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl! 

She also drew this during school. 
It's called " A purple Iris" in pencil. 

These were painted by each of my girls. They've signed them
but I can't remember at the moment who painted which. 

They were for Dad. They are in our work room now.

The piece below is my favorite piece of my oldest daughter's work. 
We call it her Van Gogh-- she didn't like it. It was painted on a scrap piece of plywood-during her highschool years we were doing an Art study on Van Gogh. She didn't like the way it turned out. I saved it from the burn pile. Hid it for years and hung it after she moved out. 
I love the yellow flowers in the field by the stream. 

The little picture of the cows below- was found in an old family trunk from my mother's side of the family.
I showed it because it had a prior life some time before it got stored in that trunk. I wish I knew the story to tell it. But someone thought it was special enough to stow away. 
--it is a little water color 'paint by number' I think. It has been altered and is out of square. I couldn't frame it, so I made a snazzy 'plate hanger' that I found a tutorial for on someones' blog, out of baling wire. 
And hung it from a nail it hangs below the lower barn. 

The day I hung it up- my daughter saw it hanging- and asked 'who painted the cows?'
I told her I don't know. 
Cause I don't--- she said "they look like Rex and Tex Grampa's first Cows he got when he moved to Arkansas! They look good near the lower barn, like they belong together." 

That's my Prior Lives stuff--- for the party. 
Don't forget to check it out- 


God Bless you 
Thanks for reading! 


Prior said...

Oh, I do love this post. The art work is so good and so special, much better than the mass produced fare. Your daughters are very talented and I liked hearing the paintings tell a snippet of your life story. I like the cow painting being a little off kilter and the way it is hung is perfect. I, too, like the picture rescued from the burn pile. It is cheery, with a whimsical feel in the clouds. I, too, cook almost every meal in an iron skillet. Thanks so much for joining up. I hope you get to browse around because there is some cool stuff, just up our alley! Lezlee

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Wow - what a bunch of beautiful paintings and talented folk artisits you have! I LOVE the cows and the barn, and ... Congrats on your wonderful family and (especially) that newest member who's smiling and flirting already! ;-)

Amy Kinser said...

What precious artwork you have. I love that you have all of these treasures around. You know I homeschool also, and love the story you told about your daughter.

Coleen's Corner said...

What wonderfully talented daughters you have! Glad I don't have to pick a favorite, they are all special, and what a smart mother you are to showcase all of them so well. Thanks for sharing the memories behind the talent! I think I'd really enjoy visiting your home with all the special touches. Very personal, very unique, very comfortable.

nannykim said...

I really enjoyed looking at all of this art work! So very pretty and I like the Van Gogh type one too! I also use an iron skillet about every day and have such an affection for them. I have 3 skillets, one dutch oven, and one flat type one for pancakes, eggs, french toast etc. I love the way they cook, with little oil!!

I love having drawings around especially from our own kids. I have some from my oldest son and bring them out and rotate them around.

Thanks too, for the stop by at Spindlecottage. Have a nice weekend.

Kendra@Creative Ambitions said...

Such a great art collection... sounds like you have some artists in your family! These are Great treaures... very special!!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, what wonderful and special artwork! I am in awe of your sweet collection, it's truly awesome.

I am happy I found my way to your blog.