Today I'm sharing pictures of a painting salvaged years ago from a shed on my in-laws property. The painting was unframed at the time and had been stored along with items inherited from a great-aunt...nobody wanted it, but I always loved it and eventually I claimed it. It didn't "go" with my blue and white country dining room nor my 80's Santa Fe Southwest rust and navy living room, but still I dragged it home because I just loved the brush work and the softness of the colors...it didn't "go" with my style, but still I loved it...finally, years later, we built a house to suit it, I painted a dining room to go with it, and Hobby Lobby had half-price week. I had looked at frames for a long time, but one day HL received some beautiful materials that just seemed perfect for my Pretty in Pink painting.
I don't even know what find of flowers those are...nothing that grew in deep south Texas, that's for sure. But I love it...and I love casually remarking, "Oh, yes, it's been in the family for years." when anyone compliments it. It's dated from the 1940's...certainly NOT antique, but I love having it...and I guess the lesson is to buy and save things you really love...most of the Santa Fe items are long gone...but this will go to the assisted living center with me when the time comes.