I just felt the urge to show off some of the unique pieces on our walls. I have somewhat of a weakness for one-of-a-kind art and I am usually willing to hand over the extra money if you tell me I am the ONLY one who is going to have it.
This first one is from Seattle. It is an oil painting done by wonderfully talented Chinese man who was visiting his daughter in Queen Anne. I absolutely love the bright fall colors and the quaint feel of this residential street. I am a little embarrassed to say how little we paid ($40!) at the Fremont Sunday market. Even though he didn’t speak English, his daughter translated that he was just happy someone liked his work! We just have it mounted on a white mat for now.
This next one is a poster we bought on our recent cross country trip while we were in Zion National Park. It is an irregular shape so I went it to get it custom framed. If you have gotten anything custom framed you know how expensive it is and thus it became Tim’s Christmas present this year! Again, I love the bright earth tones in the poster and chose to do two different shades of orange mats to make the fall foliage stand out. I chose a shadowbox frame which sets the poster about 1.5 inches back behind the glass – different, huh?
This one is a recent find down at Scot’s antique market in Atlanta. The market is the second weekend of every month and after half a day of meandering my friend Jenny and I only saw about half of the market. I could spend all day at the dealers who were selling antique maps. I was actually looking for a Seattle map when I came across this one from Chicago in 1898. It won out as the Seattle map I liked was $75 and Chicago was $25. I found this frame on sale at Pier 1 for $15 and I look forward to finding a cool home for this one in our Chicago apartment.
This next one is a gift from my grandmother. This is one of our wedding invitations who someone has painted watercolor flowers on. I wish I could tell you the artist, but I’m not sure! I absolutely LOVE it though and will have it forever.
Finally, these last two are by my uber talented sisters!
Molly Blane did this pencil drawing from a photograph I took right after moving to Seattle. I am sitting at Gasworks park looking out at the skyline and while I have always liked the photo, I love this unique rendition! Thank you Molly.
This last one is by my older sister Casey. I remember sitting in my parents kitchen watching her hand move as she drew this picture from a photo of our childhood and my mouth just hung open in amazement. Yes, that is my dad, Old Beau, putting shoes on his chubby daughter Ashley with Casey waiting patiently in the background. I love this – thank you Casey!