Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The girl in the painting.

Lately I've been paying attention to paintings and sketches in antique malls. I found this girl a few months ago for a mere $14. I liked the shape of the frame, but not the color. It was a dark stain, which really made the whole thing very dark. I painted the frame a very light pink and put the painting in our office. The signature at the bottom indicates it was painted in 1963.

Something about her reminded me of myself as a young girl. When my mom saw it that was also the first thing she thought. The woman at the register said the girl looked mischievous, but I don't agree. To me, she looks quiet and a little sad. I wonder who she is waiting for?

How interesting that two people can look at the same painting and see such very different things.

What do you see?


Jenn Maruska said...

Ah - and isn't that what is so fascinating about art?

To me her eyes seem purposeful - as if she's standing there for a reason. I wonder what the reason is.

You've had some great finds lately!

(ps: the word verification for me to post this comment is: "futbomly". I think I've discovered my new favorite word!)

AJ said...

She looks a little shy and thoughtful, like she's standing at the edge of the room (or in the doorway, halfway behind the door), deciding whether she wants to come inside.

You always find the coolest things.

Sarah and Jack said...

I dont think she looks mischievious at all. It is an interesting piece of art though.

Betty BeadBug said...

It is true about art speaking to everyone in a different way. I think she looks like she is waiting to, almost as if she wants to hold out hope but is afraid of another disappointment. The frame turned out great...I would never have known it wasn't the original finish.

mdmB said...

Thats a great find! I like her expression! I think choosing the light pink for the frame was so right because it kind of added some "freshness" to it all.

Jonara Blu Maui said...

she doens't look michevious to me at all..she does look like she is waiting for someone..she is holding flowers to give them. Perhaps an older brother or sister who is coming home to visit?

Finding real paintings sounds like a fun hobby..esp when I watch antique roadshow! Sometimes those things turn out to be worth money!

iSew said...

Wow, Christina, what a great find. I love that you painted the frame too. It's lovely.