"Rockport, Maine," painted from a "picture card" as it says on the back of the cardboard that hid them from view.
No ID is on this winter farmyard scene. I have other similar farmyard paintings and most have a pond in the foreground. Even a charcoal drawing my aunt did at age 8-9 has a similar theme. I'm not really sure if it was a real farm, perhaps a local scene, or if it was a generic farm scene.
Two Watercolors Hidden in Frame for Decades
Earlier this week I needed a quick diversion so I decided to go up to the attic and peruse my belongings. I do this quite often! This time I asked the spirits that live up there to help me find something new and interesting I hadn't seen before, or hadn't seen in a very long time anyway! Before long, I was carting down a couple of old painting frames I thought I could use for some prints. As I took the cardboard backing off of one that looked "plain" from the front, I found these two watercolors! I have no idea who hid them or why they were turned around backwards not able to be seen. There is a name on the one of the Rockport, Maine scene, a name I've never heard of. I Google it and came up with nothing, either. All I can think of is that perhaps my aunt Hoohoo got them from a friend and put them away for safe keeping eventually forgetting about them. I've had these frames since the mid 1980s and they were in Hoohoo's attic before that. It's hard to believe I can still find new things in my collection and be surprised by my long-gone relatives. My friend Jane, the owner of the gallery that showed my work for well over a year but is now closed, says these are folk art in nature. I just can't believe how well-preserved they are. They look like they were painted yesterday. I'll get them framed as soon as I can afford to and give them a new lease on life!