Vintage Spring Flowers Painting
There is a certain mystery inherent in each vintage painting I procure. Who painted it? When? Where did it hang? Was it a gift from a friend or a lover? As much as I want to know the answers, I sort of relish the mystery. This way, it can be whoever I want to conjure. Here's an example:
Frank Obermayer painted these tulips and forsythia for the gal he had his eye on---Norma Johnson. She was pretty as a spring bloom. Date: 1953. Place: Afton, Iowa (population 850). Frank and Norma dated for 17 months until she broke his heart. It hung over her bed until the break-up, when she shamefully returned it to his front porch in the dark of the night. He always kept it under his bed, moved it from his childhood home, to his bachelor residence, to the home he shared with his beautiful wife and 3 darling children. It's not that he held a candle for Norma for the rest of his life. He had overcome his grief and heartbreak before his wife ever hit the scene. It's just that it always felt wrong to either get rid of the painting or embrace it and hang it. So underneath his bed it stayed. At his death, his children found it while cleaning out his earthly belongings. They didn't know the story of heartbreak,or even that their father had dabbled in painting. They donated it to the local Goodwill. It has passed hands a few more times until it landed in my lap.
DISCLAIMER: Names have been changed to protect the innocent. Any resemblance to real life is purely coincidental.
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