Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My Mysterious Girl


Went down to the refuse centre over the weekend and purchased this original framed oil painting for $4.00. It's quite big at 80cm high. It is titled "Childhood Memories". It has a sticker on the back confirming it as an entrant in a local show competition in 1996. So I gather it was painted by an amateurist. I just can't believe someone has thrown this away in the trash. Surely the artist would not have discarded it? I wonder who the young girl is. I am fascinated by portraits like this. After a quick clean it is headed for my hallway wall. I just wish I could tell the artist it has a safe new home and did not end up as landfill.

18 comments:

  1. I just found your blog through apartment therapy! I love your style! Your home looks so inviting. Very impressed.

    I was wondering (understand if it is top secret) if you could tell me where the BCC Refuse centre is? I have recently returned to Brisbane after a few years in New York. I have managed to find the Redland city refuse centre (Redland Bay) - but can't for the life of me find the city concil one.

    Thanks a bundle,
    MJ

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  2. That is one lucky painting to have found you, Simone! Don't you just love her shoes! It's always so fascinating to ponder the stories behind paintings. This little girl found a happy ending however on your wall!

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  3. Simone,

    Good for you for salvaging the adorable little girl painting! Happy Day to you ~~

    xo Laura

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  4. You have such a fabulous idea for these things. So pleased the little girl found you for her new home! x

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  5. I'm not quite sure what a refuse center is...but the frame alone is worth more than $4!!!!!!! Great find and so nice of you to give her a good home!

    m ^..^

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  6. Well, did you ever throw a diary away? Sometimes artists are so embarassed of themselves that they do things like that. What I wouldn't give for that wonderful diary... ♥

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  7. Maybe the artist has passed? usually items like that are usually the case... Can't believe $4 for that... what a find...I love the colors...

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  8. Wow...what a find...i love her....$4??? I bet she looks lovely in you hall! Good job!

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  9. What a great portrait. I can't believe someone would throw it away. I'm glad you rescued it.

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  10. Good morning Simone, I like your country very much and your painting is very pretty. Your car camping also is nice. I make you big kisses of France.

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  11. I'm so glad you rescued it, and what a deal you got. I think it is adorable. :) KIM

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  12. It's a wonderful find. I too dream and wonder about the lives of those captured in the moment. I'm glad she has a new life!

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  13. Good find I think it was meant for you to have & appreciate, my nan was terrible at cleaning out the house, I found out she had some original bubbles pictures & she sent them to the skip about 30 years ago I could cry. Hate to imagine what else went there!! Enjoy your find & I hope you get some info about it. Elaine :)

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  14. Hi everyone, the refuse centre mentioned is the Redland Bay Recycle World located at Redland Bay. Hope you can make it out there to see all the great stuff.

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  15. This picture is sweet! It's strange that she was orphaned. 'Glad she found a home with you!

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  16. I love your painting! I have other peoples artwork all through out my home. I'm also fascinated with Portraits~ I think I'll continue collect them until I run out of wall space :)

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