Op shop finds that have a story

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sometimes I find things on second hand shopping expeditions that make me sad. Why? Here is an example. One of my op shop finds this week whilst hosting the Melbourne Op Shop Bayside tour, is this beautiful little gum leaf, delicately hand painted into an Australian outback scene. It cost me $1.


What makes me sad about this little oil painting, is the artist that has given so much time and detail to it, yet here I find a small basket of around 10 gum leaf oil paintings that have somehow found there way into a charitable shop in Cheltenham. The artist signed some of the leaves as 'Noelle'. Has she donated her paintings? Has someone else? Every op shop treasure has a history, it would be interesting to hear the story behind Noelle's little leaf art pieces.

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9 comments:

Jennie said...

Thats amazing - what a very delicate painting.
It must be very small and very fragile!
That is sad that they have ended up there.

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

what a beautiful post! such a warm thought for a very fine artist indeed. i find intriguing that so many artists NEVER find their way to the bigger channel of recognition. not that it matters in the end. but it would make life a little different, at times, for the artist, to say the least...
it is a great, great find too!

Leah Grace said...

I think the artist who put so much work into it would be glad that you found it and that it now has a home amongst your treasures.

sue said...

How remarkable that it has survived in one piece! I too often wonder about the stories op shop goodies could tell.

Skye said...

I often speculate about how things made it into the op-shops, I think there is an element of melancholy about the whole thing really.

mylittlebirdie said...

how beautiful. its nice to see its found a special new home where it will be truly appreciated!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

but the story has a nice ending ... the painting has gone to a home where it will be loved and respected.
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GataM8#32 said...

A lovely story, and what a find. I'll be searching for something similar now. Well done you and the artist.

katiecrackernuts said...

I have been seeing intricate tapestries and cross-stitch framed works and thinking the same thing.

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