4.25.2012

new painting in our dining room

First of all, I want to tell you about my very embarrassing moment that happened yesterday. I made the mistake of writing yesterday's post very quickly.  Then, I had to get ready to leave the house to go to an event for the Grand Rapids Public Schools.  I didn't get home until late, and I decided to re-read the post.  What did I see?  In the very first sentence I used "here" instead of "hear".  Ugh.  I swear I know the difference.  I even know the difference between there, their, and they're!  :-)  If you're still reading after that ridiculous typo-- thank you.   

Last night my husband and I had an event for his work.  It was a fundraiser for the public schools, and the night began with a silent auction of framed art done by the students.  I stumbled upon this painting of a running river and birch trees.
There was not much information on the bid sheet, so I just assumed it was painted by a high school student.  But this morning I discovered the label on the back.  Shammar, the artist, is in elementary school.

I was totally hovering around the painting and the bid sheet.  I was nervous that someone would swoop in and outbid me in the last moment.  Another woman was lingering near, and although she wanted it, she was already "winning" a watercolor so she agreed to quit bidding on this painting.  I'm assuming my dagger eyes scared her away.

It's no surprise that this painting drew me in.  There is gold metallic paint (Um, hello!  Love that.) with blue, green, white, and features water.  SOLD!  

I had no idea where I would put it.  At first I was thinking Jack's bedroom.  But once I got it home I liked it too much and wanted to enjoy the painting in a common area.  Our dining room seemed like the perfect spot.  I like the contrast of how serious & fancy a dining room can feel against the playfulness of this painting. Plus, it will make for a fun conversation piece when we have guests for dinner.
I think it is so important to value original art.  And frankly, I could care less if it is by a famous painter, myself, or an elementary school student.  I hope it encourages our boys to grab a paint brush! xo

18 comments:

  1. So pretty. We really love the deep navy's and greens.

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  2. So pretty! Love the colours and it looks fab in your dining room! xo

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  3. Amazing! What a talented kid! Aren't silent auctions stressful??? At our school auction this year my sister got outbid at the very last second on an item that her son's class contributed... so disappointing. The painting looks great in your dining room!

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  4. I love original artwork, especially when done by kids!

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  5. Love that a kiddo did it! It looks fantastic. We have the boys' art up everywhere and it just makes you love your home more. And I bet you like this piece much better than if you had just rushed to put something up in there :)

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  6. Love the painting, Abby! The placement is beautiful but the story of it's painter and purchase is priceless!

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  7. It's lovely! My daughter was invited to share one of her pieces at a school event, and I was amazed at the level of talent from some of these young artists.

    Great find,
    Laura

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  8. The piece is incredible! What a talented young man! Loving it in the dining room too.

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  9. I agree Abby.....If I like it...I don't care where it came from.....love this in your DR!

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  10. Get out. That wasnot done by an elementary schooler! It's great! I would never guess that if you didn't tell me. Now I'm totally inspired to bite the bullet and frame some of my girls stuff. Looks great in the DR.

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  11. I think he had your dining room in mind when he painted it! I love it. High five, Shammar.

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  12. Love pieces like this and it is perfect in your DR. What a talented little artist! Bet Shammar would love to see the piece in it's new home!

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  13. I love this painting, and especially the story behind it! It looks great in your dining room. :)

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  14. At least you caught your mistake. Wonder how many we all make on our blogs...human...Love your painting - perfect in the dining room!!

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  15. So cute! Who knows, maybe the little artist will be famous some day.

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  16. If only spell check understood meaning as well as spelling! Congrats on getting the painting it was obviously meant to be :)

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Abby M. Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby M. Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com

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