Painting and Frame Improvement

I found this oil painting at a second hand store for dirt cheap. The frame was a wreck. It looked like someone had taken gold foil and modge podged it against the beautiful wood detail. The foil was flaking and pulling up and there were bits of the wood detail that were missing.

I think it sat in my car for a few days because I didn't want to show Mike my "treasure." And then imagine my surprise when I walked in the house a few days later and it was sitting there. Hmmmmm. He had found it. I am lucky because he never complains! I just did not want him to think that I am obsessed with oil paintings (even though I am).

He looked at the flaking foil and then at me and said, "So what are we going to do to this one?" Strip the foil! Embrace the spots that have missing pieces as character! Paint and glaze!
We left the inner frame and the beading in gold which I think turned out to be a good decision. It adds another layer of detail.
I think that this painting speaks of peace, long slow days, warmth and happiness. I love the tree in the foreground setting the mood for the little country homes nestled behind it.
I don't think that there could be a better place for this to hang but adjacent to what I call its sister art. The colors and the serene scenes mimic each other. Although they were picked up in two difference places and two completely different times . . . they are a wonderful match!

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Chic Creations said...

You find such beautiful pictures. I love this one. I love your blog. Your furniture is to die for!
Thanks for sharing.

NanaDiana said...

I love that old painting...it is just very sweet looking and reminds me, too, of a softer,gentler time...when kids would have played in the fields only coming home when they were hungry or dusk descended. I like the gold actually....think it gives it just a bit of "pop".

Imagine-Hididng soemthing on your husband...Shamless woman! I would NEVER do anything like THAT- Okay-I lied! I have hidden stuff in plain sight because I figure he is less likely to notice it then. Sometimes that works best! lol Diana

michelle said...

Ooh I like that very much! It looks perfect with your other painting. I also very much like the gold against the white, it does add some depth to it! Nice work!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

looks fabulous! glad you saved it from someone's lovely gold leafing.

A Room For Everyone said...

It looks beautiful, the frame is perfect. I sometimes see pictures like this but I obviously don't have your imagination because I don't pick them up! Rachaelxx

Deb said...

Great job on the frame and it is a nice match to your other one. Cute and cozy bedding too!!!

Leslie said...

OH man, I wish I had more time to search for treasures like these at thrift stores. It is awesome.

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