Saturday, June 2, 2007

Saturday Photo Hunt -- Art





ART








This beautiful sculpture belongs to me. It is carved from Brazilian soapstone, stands 16 inches tall and is called Swans. Of course there is a story attached to how I acquired it.

I belong to a group called the Art Appreciation Group and our convener arranges once a month visits to any interesting exhibits nearby, or visits to art galleries for shows or even visits to artists homes and studios.

On one occasion, some years ago, we were visiting a splendid mixed media gallery in White Rock, which is a community about 40 minutes away from Vancouver. Some of us had carpooled so I was the driver of four other women and the whole group were to lunch together later. After the owner had spent an hour or so conducting us around the gallery and highlighting some of the pieces in detail, the group were preparing to leave. I asked about this piece again and then said that I would take it, proffering my credit card. The owner was delighted she had made a sale but the reaction of the group was incredulous. Now the price on this piece was $700, not cheap but not out of line with the size and work and frankly the beauty of it. Everyone said: " What will your husband say?" Huh? What has he got to do with this? I like it, it's my credit card, I will buy it.

Well over lunch this was a hot topic of discussion. Then on the way back in the car they continued, so that by the time I got home I was getting nervous myself. A was off somewhere when I arrived so, since I knew exactly where I wanted to put it, on top of a buffet style drinks cabinet in our living room, I hastily arranged it to its best advantage. When A arrived home I rushed him to see it and asked: "Do you like it?" Of course, he did, what's not to like, it's beautiful. So all's well that ends well.

But I do have a reputation with this group. You see it's not the only time I've bought something, this was just the first time.

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42 comments:

Prudence said...

Beautiful! I thought it looked like a couple kissing.

Hummie said...

Hmmmmm...I could look at that for a while and wonder why the artist made the shapes as they are. Great take on the theme.

tegdirb92 said...

the sculpture is very beautiful! I love the color.

Montserrat said...

Funny story! The sculpture seems soothing to look at. Thanks for visiting me!

letha said...

That's beautiful, I can even tell it's swans.

maiylah said...

great piece! love the fluidity ... feels soothing.

Jenn in Holland said...

Yes, of course it's an alls well. It's a gorgeous piece!
Happy hunting.

Lynn said...

It got my attention right away. At first I thought it was a sculpture of mother and child, but they're three. It's beautiful though. I like the color. :)

Amazing Gracie said...

I like everything about it - the title, the look, the color - and I bet it's very tactile, too. It makes you want to touch it!

superkimbo said...

Love the sculpture and the story :)

ipanema said...

That's a great piece jmb! Keep it in the family.

Ha! Some men couldn't do but agree huh? Good. Especially if it's our money we use. :)

Happy weekend!

eija said...

700? Ouch... Well, artists do need someone to buy their work, so it's good that people like you exist :)
Brazilian soap stone? Sounds fascinating. And the texture is beautiful.

SASSY MOM said...

Nice piece of art you have there!

Happy weekend!

mousey said...

impressive work of art and a nice story!

julie said...

Nice story behind the art piece. Thanks for sharing it. :)

the night owl said...

Good Morning, I would love to rub my fingers over the sculpture.It looks very smooth.Thanks for sharing your story and your art work. Baba

Heart of Rachel said...

That's a lovely sculpture. I enjoyed reading the story behind it. Glad that your husband liked it the moment he saw it. Thanks for visiting me earlier.

Write From Karen said...

You know, I think that's what I like the most about the art - the story BEHIND the art. *smile*

LOVED your answer, "What's he got to do with it?" LOL Good for you.

George said...

I was wondering what it was actually! True it is lovely but swans was far away then what my mind told me.

Hootin'Anni said...

Amazing!!!

Happy photo hunting

Linda said...

I wonder why it's called "Swans", though I guess it does rather resemble two swans who have entwined their necks around each other.

Glad that your husband liked it but even if he hadn't, the main thing is that you liked it!

Rositta said...

I love soapstone, that's a great piece. I buy stuff all the time without asking my husband, why not...Someday when I figure out the Photo Hunt I will join...ciao

Vader's Mom said...

Very interesting piece, which is made more interesting by it's backstory.

Dragonheart said...

Beautiful sculpture! A lovely work of art. :)

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

So beautiful and original!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

good for you! i am the same way...

smiles, bee

amy said...

thats really interesting!!!!!

Janice Thomson said...

You have excellent taste Jmb...this piece is absolutely stunning...and the story was great. I can just imagine how you felt by the time the group was through with you LOL

Daisy said...

I would love to run my paws all over that sculpture, it is beautiful!

soccer mom in denial said...

Imagine carving that? Lovely.

LibertyBelle said...

What a lovely sculpture and story.
Soapstone- -that's a new one!
Gotta look it up!
Happy weekend and thanks for dropping by!
L

Biker Betty said...

It is gorgeous. Love the story behind it. We all have a different idea of what we like to spend our money on. There are those who spend lots of money on toy train collecting, teddy bears, and even motorcycles, lol. Glad it all worked out. Happy Saturday :)

GEWELS said...

That is a beautiful sculpture. I'm sure it has a place of honor in your home

Lee said...

This certainly is a fascinating, beautiful piece and I can understand you wanting it.

wolfbaby said...

I have been meaning to stop by and visit for a bit as I have seen your comments on other blogs I read. Looks like you enjoy books as much as I do;) I read (or used to before my kids) in about the same manner as you do. Get a book at to and finish at 11. If you keep reviewing books like this it might be bad for me to visit *grin*.. I will have to add your two book reviews to my list of to get books. They both sound wonderful. Your sculpture is lovely!!

jmb said...

Thanks to everyone who came by to see my art treasure this Saturday.
regards
jmb

james higham said...

Never stops with you, jmb! Please ... more nominations for the Blogpower Awards - vote early and vote often!

james higham said...

Your ladyship - the quiz awaits you.

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

Hurray for people who support the arts!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, I'd have bought that, too. I'd love to feel the texture of it.

PowersTwinB said...

I searched for what I would title it first in my mind, then I read your little article...The Swans was not what I thought of...it is beautoful...My photo is up, please come and visit soon

Liz said...

Oh! Why didn't I come and visit you before? I had a busy weekend and was late visiting but that doesn't explain it. Never mind, here now. Yes, I like it. My friend is an artist and mostly she works in those sort of shapes, swirls, and soft oval silhouettes. Is that spelled properly? Yes, it is. Hm. Isn't it odd the way words sometimes look wrong?