this artisan house #4: a triptych of balloons

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Blog entry by scottb posted 01-25-2008 04:47 AM 900 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Continuing the theme of filling my house (and those of my loved ones) with art and pieces of functional beauty….

January has us thinking about resolutions, promises and time gone by… (which is another blog theme in itself)

I painted these for my mom (who loves balloons) back in the summer of 1997, and I gave them to her for Christmas that year. The landscape is a hay field in upstate Vermont (south of Burlington) the three images represent day, evening and night in the styles of Monet’s Haystacks, Munch’s Shriek and Van Gogh’s Starry Night. There is a glaze effect continuing across the sky in all three pictures, which you can see at certain angles, as well as a screaming face on the appropriate balloon.

She really liked them and wanted to hang them… but they needed framing… (each 14×18 – an impossible size to buy frames for by the way) they sat on the landing, then later in my old room waiting, and collecting dust. Out of sight, out of mind. Occasionally Dad or I intended to frame them in time for her birthday, mothers day, next Christmas, soon… but it never happened. Eventually I snuck them out of their house, intending (seriously this time!) to frame them, only to keep them in my house for a year or two… until I realized that they were coming up on 10 years old!

This Christmas, my mother re-opened these paintings, but with black wooden frames!
As of this writing, they’re still sitting on the landing on the stairs, waiting to be hung… but at least the onus is off of me!

(and yes, that is a belt holding together the lower leg on that antique bench – the tenon broke inside the hole and someday I’ll get around to fixing that properly.)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 01-25-2008 04:52 AM

I guess you need to let fine wines and whiskey age for a while to make them better. So I guess it is with Rembrandts and Monets.

Great job Scott.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 01-25-2008 04:55 AM

no point in rushin into anything !! lol well you got it done and they are really nice . you are a talented man

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#3 posted 01-25-2008 10:22 AM

Good :)

-- Jiri

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#4 posted 01-25-2008 03:07 PM

Good job Scott. But I am afraid the onus is still on you. I am sure that if the pictures are to be hung you are going to have to do it. You can do that when you pick up the bench to repair it (along with other jobs on everyone’s list for you to do).

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 01-25-2008 03:12 PM

Better late than never. Looking good.

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#6 posted 01-25-2008 03:41 PM

Looks great.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 01-25-2008 04:39 PM

Dad can hang the pictures, (either one of us was “supposed” to frame them) the bench is mine – inherited from my wifes grandparents. But they do have an antique table/chair that needs some reassembly when I feel up to the task.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 01-28-2008 03:48 PM

and your Mom’s response at the surprise gift?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 01-29-2008 01:15 AM

She was happy they were framed of course. I think she said “Oh, you framed them!”

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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