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My Grandpa's watercolors 
9th-Jun-2012 12:44 pm
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I picked up the framed watercolors yesterday. I owe my consultant a big thank-you for how well the colors turned out. Triple matting may be expensive as all get-out, but the results really make these pieces look good, as well as precious and important.

One of the interesting things to look at is the change in Grandpa's style between the two cabin paintings. The first one, he painted while he was still going up to the mountains. The second one was done from photographs and memories (with apologies to Jim Croce) something like 25 years later. I see the first painting as done in bright sun, so the contrasts are stronger. The second one is a little hazy, like a memory, where the trees are no longer in focus but the one object of memory and desire still is. The frames are chocolate brown with aged gold gilt on the outside edges to give them some shine while still coordinating with the center brown mat.

The two Christmas paintings below come from Grandpa's tradition of painting something for Grandma's Christmas cards every year. Some of them were fabulous, like the teddy bear that my sister got. Some of them were... not so fabulous, like the years of the pissed-off reindeer or the mutant Santa The Hutt. Each painting was laid on a photo copier and minimized into a little 3-inch card, so a lot of the detail (and the mistakes) disappeared. The originals are far richer in both detail and color, and I am glad that the matting didn't overwhelm them. The frames are plain black to call the line and detail inside each painting.

Comments 
9th-Jun-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
They are wonderful! I'm so glad you got them well framed.
9th-Jun-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It turned out to be worth the time and expense.
9th-Jun-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Amazing!
9th-Jun-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
9th-Jun-2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
Beautiful!
9th-Jun-2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I like to think so.
9th-Jun-2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Love the Cabin pictures. You're right, the frame does the one of you and Mom much more justice (and is beautiful) than the old red one. Funny though, Bud doesn't remember the cabin being grey, only the current dark brown.
I think I may have to "steal" your color palate for the Christmas paintings I need reframed. The dark green with the red is terrific. :-)
9th-Jun-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Steal away! Actually, let me know if you plan to go to Michaels for the framing, and I can likely get you the exact numbers for the mat colors and frame.
10th-Jun-2012 12:24 am (UTC)
That would be awesome. Thanks.
9th-Jun-2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
And when you draw the cabin, and it's in brown, the frames will still match!
10th-Jun-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
There you go then. It was obviously meant to be brown, right? :-)
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