Friday, January 22, 2010

Grandma’s Clothespin Basket - In Process

This is my grandmother's clothespin basket, just as it was left when they closed up her house. Actually, my grandfather hung out the clothes more than my grandmother did. Maybe he just enjoyed being outdoors more and this was a chore he took over. They lived on a farm with my Uncle George.

My grandfather came from an orphanage to work as a farm hand for my uncle and my grandmother came to run the house. They eventually married and the three of them lived on the farm for the rest of their lives. My uncle was a quiet man who smoked a pipe, read a lot and had great penmanship. It is funny what I remember about him, because the penmanship sticks in my mind. He gave me books for Christmas and birthdays written by author Marguerite Henry - Misty of Chincoteague, being the most well known. I still have all those books, and they're something I would not part with.

I am in the middle of this painting and there will be some changes to work thru. It has been one of those pieces that has stops and starts. But I am making progress again.


Leslie Hawes said...

What a lovely post! The painting is poignant.
Your grandfather understood your artist self by giving you the Henry books. What treasures to have.
The Wesley Dennis illustrations are inspiring! I wore out the copies that the library had.

Holly Zemak said...

Thanks Leslie - It was interesting what was running thru my mind as I worked on this painting.I wanted to share some of my thoughts.

Cathy said...

It is coming along beautifully Holly. I love the shape and the weave of the basket. I think old baskets are fascinating and collectable but they do take up a lot of room. It will be a lovely remembrance of your grandmother when it is finished.

Holly Zemak said...

Thank you Cathy and true, baskets can take up precious room when you live in a small house. So the ones I have are used to hold things.

magicmyst said...

Hello Holly, it is nic e to see something from you. Your attention to detail is just amazing. I like you grandmother's clothespin basket with the little bird just perched inquisitively on it.
How is your study going? Have you finished yet?

Holly Zemak said...

June 2nd!!!!! Not that I am counting or anything.