Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Purchased Art

While in Florida I made another important purchase and that was this oil painting.  I have been wanting to replace the Van Gogh framed poster over my mantle for quite awhile, but never found anything I liked.  When I saw this in a fabulous decorator shop on Sanibel Island, I knew it was just right.  It was rather pricey and I shuddered when they told me the shipping charges, but I am so glad I got it.  It arrived just the other day and I just got around to hanging it yesterday.  It is large, about 30" x 40" and quite heavy so it was a feat to install.  At one point I had one foot on the mantle and one foot on the ladder, but I got it done and love how it looks.
It really makes a statement in the room.  The paint is very gloppy; I'm assuming it was put on with a palette knife and I can still smell the paint if I put my nose to it.

The accessories that are also on the mantle are ones that I used with the Van Gogh, but now they seemed too small so I had to elevate them with acrylic risers.

Everything now on the mantle is hand made.  You remember this little bird that I showed a couple of posts ago.  The balls above are also hand made, as is the beautiful vase on the left of the painting, given to me by my son a couple of Christmases ago.

I'm hoping to get some sewing done this week and will post my results if I do.  I'm just finding it hard to get going.


LA Paylor said...

just beautiful. To get to see this vignette every day must enthuse you to go to the studio. I love Sanibel. I used to go there a lot as a young 20-something when it was very sleepy and quiet and a person just peaced out on the beach. The painting is like your work.
I have a silk painting friend who sells in a gallery in Sanibel too.

Hilary Florence said...

That is a beautiful picture Norma - even seen from a little photo. The layout/design is wonderful and the colours gorgeous. It is so great to see a picture and fall in love with it - and I'm glad it found a place with your bird and other loved objects.

Hilary Florence said...

P.S. - do you know who the artist is? I thought I would look up what else they had painted.

Sarah said...

Lovely picture, I can understand why you had to have it and I'm sure it will give you years of pleasure, so we'll worth the money I'm sure!

Vivien Zepf said...

Oh Norma, it's perfect!!