As I have been going through Earnie’s things over the last year — I can’t believe she’s been gone for almost a year — I came across a water color print. I just loved the punchy colors of orange, red, pink and yellow. I didn’t see a signature on it and I asked Sister Bee if she recognized who painted it. She has two friends who are artists, but neither of them had painted it.
I took it to Aaron Brothers which, in my opinion, is one of the best sources for framing. The staff were very helpful in helping me find a pre-made mat and frame that allows me to float the print so you can see the edges of the paper. I knew I wanted to hang it in my ladies lounge along with another acrylic painting I found at HomeGoods.
As I sat back and looked at how pretty the two, totally unrelated pieces of art worked together in harmony on my wall, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
I saw clear as day who had painted the watercolor. Helen Moody, or Mrs. Moody as we all referred to her, was Earnie’s best friend’s mother. She was an artist and I think lived well into her 90s. So, I am guessing the painting is probably at least 50 years old. It means so much to me that a treasure underneath a pile of Earnie’s belongings can bring a burst of sunshine in my home.
Note: A rare glimpse of our reclusive feline, Oreo, in the bottom left corner. Apparently she feels right at home with the moody painting.