While out walking with Bundy I noticed a pile of rubbish put out on the street for hard refuse pick up. In that pile was some old frames, a seriously outdated computer, some other random junk and this lonely little painting. There was a post-it note saying “free”.
I picked up the painting and noticed that someone had handwritten their details on the back - Jimboomba Landscape – David Helloway – Oils. The handwriting reminds me of the birthday cards my Gran used to give me as I was growing up. Cards with their handwritten messages made with her careful cursive writing that got a little shakier as the years went by but was still painstakingly neat and written with obvious love.
The picture frame appears to be custom made – just like the ones my Pa used to handcraft in his toolshed for his artwork. Ouch – even fond memories can stab you in the heart when you least it expect it. I am reminded of how intensely I miss them.
I looked at that painting and I kept telling myself I don’t need it – and I don’t. Seriously. In fact I have this rule – I try and throw something out every day, even if it is only a pen that doesn’t work. Junk elimination, streamlining my life, decluttering, cleansing – whatever you want to call it – I’m on a mission. I resolutely put the painting back where I found it and continued on.
As we walked I kept thinking about the painting. “You don’t need it – just take it – you don’t have anywhere to hang it – just take it”. I argued with myself for the entire hour walk. Perhaps it was the stark reminder of my grandparents and how much I miss them but I just couldn’t get it out of my head.
Perhaps YOU can find a place in your heart (and on your wall) to give this beautiful, sweet tempered, low maintenance, house trained (aka ready-to-hang), oil painting a new home? If so, please visit eBay!
For the record, I’m not out to make money from this as such – I prefer to think of it as a community service! I am curious as to the perceived market value of this work though and would like to cover postage costs.