Last week while out running some errands I pulled into a parking space at a local store. There
was a truck parked next to me full of junk that looked like he was on the way
to the dump.
Among the junk I could see the top half of a very large painting. It was a portrait of a man and all
that was visible above the junk were his eyes. There was something about those eyes that just
drew me in and I really wanted to get a better look at the painting.
I waited patiently for the owner to return and I asked if he was interested in selling the painting.
There was a little bit of a language barrier but when he realized what I was asking he jumped on
the back of the truck and handed me the large painting. It stands over five feet tall and four
feet wide. I asked how much he wanted for it and he told me
I could have it.
I couldn’t just take the painting and not give him anything so I reached in my wallet and saw I only
had three dollars cash left. He kept insisting he didn’t want money and for me to just take the
painting. I believe he finally took the three dollars just to get away from me!
I couldn’t wait to get home and show my husband my newest purchase and guess what….
He hated it!
You may remember this post about the Chromolithograph I purchased that he thought was just
weird. That piece now hangs in our dining room and it is one of my favorite things in our home.
My new painting has been leaning on top of the console for a week and I stop and look at it every time I walk by. The eyes show a vulnerability and sadness that really appeals to me.
Before I show you my painting here are some examples I found of decorating
with vintage portraits.
I need your totally honest opinion with no sugar coating.
Is he a keeper or would I have been better off spending the $3.00 on a
diet coke and candy bar?
Here is the portrait of my instant relative, Joe.
Be honest and tell me what you think.