All of us who collect stuff dream of the big find. A fantastic return on investment, historical significance, 15 minutes of fame. It is tantalizing. Most of what I collect is done because it fits into a house built in 1939. But one collection is of passionate works by untrained artists. A lot of this work falls into the category of religion. Religion arouses passion and the need to create.
Much of my collection also must be guided by the one dollar rule. This serves to restrict what would be a tsunami of stuff competing for my space and attention.
Bought this little piece made of an old shirt box separated at the seams as a frame, with construction paper binding the glass covering the image. There are two toned crosses both under and over the glass. The image is probably from a Sunday school handout depicting Jesus and the Woman at the Well. It is wonderful and cost one dollar.
In terms of collecting paintings, I prefer the passionate amateur. My one dollar rule pretty much dictates this. Sometimes however, the two sets intersect.
This very nice little watercolor was just one dollar. It was not done by an untrained person. The image is swift, deliberate and light. The shapes are abstracted and done with ease. It is painted on good paper.
It has no signature, sorry to say. Or almost no signature.
This little painting is five by seven, and is in one of those cheap plastic frames that has cardboard for the back . On the edge of the frame are little staples that you can bend into place, or bend out to remove the cardboard and the watercolor.
A year or two ago, messing around late at night and listening to the radio, the painting struck me as the sweet little thing that it is, and I turned it over and undressed it, hoping a signature would be on the back of the paper. Boy, was I surprised!
An old fart with a young chick on his lap! The photo is also five by seven and was hidden perfectly within the plastic frame between the watercolor and the cardboard back. What could be the back story here? Do you think he is the artist and he gave this to her? Other way around? Anybody know who these people are?
We see a resort umbrella, sea oats, a brick building with a Pepsi sign that starts a word with “ca”. My husband thinks this is father and daughter. I think she is far too pretty to be his. I prefer an out of town “rendezvous”! Somebody please tell me he is a famous artist.