I have a new piece of artwork for my house — specifically for my tiled wall in my kitchen. My mom painted it for me, and it’s the first new piece of artwork that she’s painted in over 20 years.
Shortly after we moved into our house last fall, I asked her if she would be willing to paint a new piece of artwork for me. It had been so long since she painted last that she was very unsure if she was even still capable. So that’s when I ended up selecting one of her old paintings for my living room.
That painting in my living room was one of her first paintings. Her later artwork was even more detailed, and her landscapes rivaled the artwork of Dalhart Windberg.
So after not painting for over twenty years, she just wasn’t sure if she was even capable of jumping back into it, or even if she wanted to take the time to try. After all, those really detailed paintings take quite some time to complete!
But somewhere along the way during my kitchen remodel, she had a change of heart. Actually, it was after I decided to do the series of gold leafed birds for my kitchen wall. I guess she wasn’t too crazy about my idea. 🙂
So she finally agreed to do a painting with one stipulation. It would be a different style than her older stuff. This one would be a very fast painting with not a whole lot of detail, done with acrylics instead of oils like she used to use. I loved the idea of having a new painting by her in my house, and having it be a completely different style than her older stuff, so that was perfectly fine with me! So she asked me what I wanted, and I told her that I wanted a landscape with a row of seven trees, inspired by one of the paintings I originally considered for my kitchen. But other than the row of seven trees, I wanted everything else about the painting to be completely different. And I even wanted the trees to be a little different.
And she delivered! I am now the proud owner of my mom’s first painting in over twenty years, painted specifically for my kitchen.
It’s perfect! She actually used the exact green from my kitchen cabinets in the trees, and then added lots of black and brown. The light golden sky is just perfect for my kitchen. I love the pond that she added, and how the trees are reflected in the pond. And the trees…y’all know I love trees!
I can’t wait to get it framed and hang it on the wall. It’s a very odd size — 48″ x 18″ — and since a custom frame would be pretty expensive, I’m framing it myself with some trim from Home Depot. I’m using “panel” trim (one of the few trims that they carry that has a rabbet on the back) attached to a 1″ x 2″ MDF board.
I don’t actually have the four pieces nailed together yet, but here’s an idea of how the frame will look once it’s all put together.
I’ll be painting the frame black, and then I might add just a touch of gold to it. Or not. I’ll wait until it’s painted to make that final decision.
It’s just what I wanted, but knew I probably couldn’t do myself. I’m so glad my mom had a change of heart and decided to break out the paint brushes after twenty years. Lucky me! 🙂
This kitchen will be finished this weekend, and I will have the final before and after kitchen remodel post on Monday. This will happen. And if you listen carefully this weekend, you’ll know the exact time that I finish my kitchen because you will hear the shout (of joy) heard ’round the world. I can assure you, there will be much rejoicing this weekend in the Linauer household. 🙂
Oh, and for those of you asking about what I’m going to cook for our first meal, well, I’ve been cooking two meals a day at home for the last two-and-a-half weeks. We haven’t eaten out even once since September 22nd. True story! And miraculously, I think I might actually enjoy cooking.