That is the same collage as the one in my last entry, I'm just including it again as I tell the stories of some of the paintings in it. Oh, how I loved watching my grandmother paint!! Mostly she painted with a knife (or whatever the terminology is...looked like a knife or mini spatula of some kind), using oil paint, I think...was thick and came in tubes anyway, so her paintings are very textured. The paintings in the collage are all hanging in my mom's house. I am blessed to have several in my house also (see this entry if you want to check them out.)
Sandra, since you were intrigued by the painting in the lower right corner, here is a better look. I even remember watching Grammy paint this piece when I was a little girl.
Back to the collage...to the left of the abstract is a painting of Cape Split, Nova Scotia, extending into the Bay of Fundy (must be high tide, since there are no mudflats in sight!) Next are a couple still life paintings of gorgeous flowers. The long, tall one of the roses, mid left side, was painted specifically for that frame...I believe mom had found the antique frame somewhere, so Grammy painted this piece to fit it. The yellow house is one somewhere in Newfoundland, which Grammy painted from a sketch she made when she and Grampy visited that province (they were great wanderers, those two...drove all around North America over the years, trailer in tow. I am envious just imagining their roadtrips. Although in the case of Newfoundland, I will be less envious after this summer, when I finally make it there myself - yay!)
Up in the upper left corner (the sailboats with the colourful sails) is her very first painting ever...we're so thankful that one remains in the family. The two wood scenes to the right were a couple of paintings mom found in Grammy's basement...in her reject pile, if you can imagine. Obviously, she set very high standards for herself if these are the rejects! (I have a couple of her rejects as well...which turned out to be among my favourites.) I'm not sure where the other sailboat painting is located (the one in the upper right corner), except assume somewhere in Nova Scotia. More gorgeous flowers below. And in the middle, a painting of the barn from Grammy's family homestead (former homestead, that is, it's no longer in the family as far as I know.)
Sara seems to have inherited Grammy's artistic abilities...I used to draw quite a lot when I was younger, and was not half bad, but haven't for years. Perhaps when I am retired, I will take up the easel and create a few masterpieces! (In fact, Grammy was nearly self taught, and didn't begin painting until later in life...so I don't give up hope!)