Friday, June 26, 2015

Nana's Paintings

Every now and then I need a little vacation from junking and creating.  I don't know if I should blame it on the heat or blame it on all the pesky projects around the house that need my attention. How about both? It was nice to take a step back this week and focus my energy on all the little things that had to get done. Somewhere between supervising the carpet cleaning and sprinkler repairs, I started rearranging my Nana's (paternal grandmother) oil paintings. One thing led to another, and before I knew it they were all gathered in one sunny room (pardon the glare on a few) so I could get pictures to share.

Nana's Cottage
This is my Nana's home in Palo Alto, Ca - 1964. I have so many precious memories of the time we spent together in her kitchen, studio, and garden.  My favorite!!

Nana's cottage porchI have the small cast iron chair from her front porch and some of the little treasures you can see through the frosted glass panels.

black and white photo vintage
Here's a black and white photo of me standing on the porch in my little white hoodie.

vintage oil painting church in the woods
A path in the woods - 1954
I'm looking for a different frame for this one.

oil painting village vintage
Close up of the little village at the end of the path.

pink roses oil painting vintage
I'm sure this is why I love pink roses  - 1964.

desert oil painting vintage
I like this one, but don't love it.  Maybe it's because it looks too hot and there's too much sky.  It's also the largest of the group and I don't have a place to hang it.

home in desert oil painting vintage
I love this part.  Would it be awful if I cut it down and framed just this section?

home sweet home oil painting vintage kitchen
This one is the smallest of the group and another favorite of mine because of the style.  Her signature disappeared years ago when my aunt trimmed it down so it would fit inside this frame.

god bless our home oil painting sign vintage
God Bless Our Home.

vintage kitchen oil painting cabinet
I'd love to have the real-life version of this cabinet and the contents.

New England vintage oil painting seaside town
Can I have three favorites?  This is one of many coastal towns she painted over the years. Born and raised in Massachusetts, it's no surprise that she loved painting these quaint little towns.

cottage oil painting vintage seaside town.
I want to live here!
My Nana's paintings were divided among all the family members when she passed away in 1975.  I feel so blessed that these have made their way into my heart over the past 40 years.  Do you have a family treasure you'd never part with?

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  1. Linda @ A La CarteJune 26, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    What special treasures these are. I have one painting that my Grandma did and it belonged to my Mom until she downsized and I was lucky to get it. They mean so much don't they.

  2. ReneJune 26, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Oh that is so cool that she painted those. What a special treasure. It is too bad your aunt cut the one though. My paternal grandmother did needlework, and I have three pictures she stitched, one a sentiment, one of owls in a tree, and one a freehand Garfield. I would never part with them.

  3. Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}June 26, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Wow, Betsy, what unbelievable treasures to have passed down! Now I see where you get at least some of your artistic talent! I think if you want to cut that one down, you should. I know she would understand:) I'm sure she's happy you're enjoying them after all these years. I love the coastal town and the picture of her own house. My husband had someone create a painting of our house for me, and I'll treasure it always.

  4. KathyJune 26, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Betsy I adore these!! I say if your aunt could trim one down then you can, too. Nana might appreciate you putting your own creative mark on it. Her home, the roses and the coastal town are my favorites. I like her style!

  5. Grantham LynnJune 26, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Beautiful treasures. I agree hard to pick a favorite. I do really like the Coastal Town too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Gigi Harlan - artistJune 26, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Oh how wonderful to have those paintings to treasure! I love the photo of you as a child, so cute!

  7. The Polka Dot ClosetJune 26, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Thats where you got your creative gift! What a great artist, i love that she was able to have a hobby so many years ago when it was a priority to keep house and make and basically give your life up for raising your family.....She carved out time for something she loved..Paining. I love the picture that is your least favorite, I think if you cut it down you lose the whole essence of the painting, a quaint house in the middle of acres of land....but then again, it is yours and it might be the only way to display it? Glad your getting some of those pesky house chores done!


  8. Sherry@Back2VintageJune 26, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Oh, I just love the painting of the little quaint town. I would like to live there, too. Your nana was very talented and I think she passed lots of it to you. How special!

  9. Julia - Vintage with LacesJune 26, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    It's wonderful that you have all these paintings from your grandma. I think you should go for it and cut down the one picture. It's better you enjoy a small part of it than keeping it in the storage.
    Have a great weekend and enjoy your junkin' break!

  10. Jillian's Bella Rosa AntiquesJune 27, 2015 at 4:12 AM

    Beautiful ! Joyful! Special. You could have a picture from the one painting made into a gallery wrapped canvas....still keeping her desert painting still intact. What a wonderful collection .

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  12. Fox and Finch AntiquesJune 27, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    Oh, my gosh, her work is wonderful. What a glimpse into her soul. Please don't cut down the large one, my friend, the painting, in its entirety reflects what she was trying to say which is that the cozy little homestead was set in big sky, big mountain and big land country. She was really good. I can feel her voice. I have my grandmother's (and her twin's) large oval Victorian era infant photograph which I love because it always hung in her dining room.I have kept something that was handmade by everyone in the generations that I knew and I treasure all of them. ~Ginene

  13. Marsha @ Tattered ChickJune 27, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    How wonderful, Betsy!!! Love her work! So very talented! You in the hoodie is just too CUTE!!! When I worked in Palo Alto off of University I would walk through the neighborhoods and take photos of the houses and her house is so typical of what I used to see :) Yeah, going to be a scorcher next week too!!! xoxo

  14. Art and SandJune 27, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    First, it is wonderful that you have some of your grandmother's lovely paintings.
    Second, I don't think your grandmother would mind you trimming down that one painting to focus on what you like the most.
    Third, I love the little coastal town painting.

  15. JunkchiccottageJune 27, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    How great that you have these beautiful paintings. Her paintings are so pretty. Beautiful treasures to have.

  16. AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNaJune 27, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Those paintings are so precious! I just love the kitchen one. What a keepsake you have in all of them. My "Ga" was a huge antique buyer (I think that's where I got my love for them!) and so when she passed we divided all of her treasures, most of them from Europe. That was 1969 and I still have a lot of her things that I will never part with.....cloisonné dresser items and jewelry boxes, vases, dishes, etc.

  17. Rose LJune 27, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Cute paintings!

  18. Glenda/MidSouthJune 27, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Your Nana was a very talented artist! Do what you would like to do with the paintings so that you can enjoy them. Letting them sit in storage - you are not enjoying them at all.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

  19. Lauren @ My Wonderfully MadeJune 27, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    I guess I don't know which is more beautiful, the paintings themselves or the memories you have of your Nana and the things she painted.

  20. Tuula McPheeJune 27, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    I could quite happily live in that charming kitchen in one of those lovely houses in that quaint and colourful coastal town . What wonderful keepsakes to have of your Nana. She was a very talented lady.

  21. DD's CottageJune 28, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    How nice to have the great memories of you Nana and the paintings too!

  22. The Speckled Hen CottageJune 28, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    I just love the one of the pretty little houses of a coastal town. What wonderful remembrances of your grandmother. As for the one with all that sky and barren mountains...if it's what you want, then go for it. A small section framed and hung is better than a large piece stored away! If you're worried about the her signature just cut out that out and frame it too!!! Have a lovely week ~ Mickie.

  23. Cindy RasleyJune 28, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    You are very blessed to have such treasures! They are beautiful!

  24. JeanieJune 29, 2015 at 5:14 AM

    It wouldn't be awful at all to cut it down. And you would have the part you love. Your grandma cut one down to fit it in the frame. Not all that different. I think throughout their lives artists may (not always, but certainly sometimes) look at their work and go, "I'm better now, I wish I could fix it." Maybe they even do.

    Whatever you decide, to have a legacy such as one so personal and lovely is indeed a real gift of the soul. There are so many I love -- she clearly had an eye and a knack and you are so fortunate to have your own "collection."

  25. Creations By CindyJune 29, 2015 at 6:04 AM

    Oh what precious and sweet treasures you have! My granny used to paint too. So many times I can remember growing up thinking...I wouldn't want that picture...or that one...NOW....I would LOVE it if I had only one that she done! I have a lot of her things but would love to have had one of her paintings. They all are so pretty. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  26. cynthia lee designsJune 29, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    What wonderful treasures you have of your grandmother's!! I have some of my grandmother's jewelry and some of her dishes.

  27. must love junkJune 29, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Betsy, what a sweet walk down memory lane! Your grandmother was very talented, and it's so special that you still have many of her paintings!

  28. By NeymesJune 30, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Olá Betsy,um mais lindo do que o outro.Boa semana.Beijo.Valéria.


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