|Gold print is shows the changing of the seasons, |
and bottom two are Hiroshige prints.
And too be honest, I had gotten a little bored with all the Asian art. I stopped by the Home Consignment Center to sell my Baronet Java lingerie chest, and discovered HCC had bought out an art gallery which had gone belly up. Recently, I had acquired an outstandingly huge oil painting from HCC for a very good price, so I HAD to take the time to pick through the wares. Lot's of really cheesey landscapes, some awful abstracts, and other assorted interesting art, but honestly, a few really good pieces could be found.
Stacked behind a HUGE picture of a lady smoking a cigarette and drinking a glass of red wine (tempting), was this little beauty for $79. Took me about two minutes to think it over, then march up to the counter.
|Watercolor by Cherry Murray|
I remember that night vividly. I was recuperating from a lung operation of two
weeks before (I swallowed a nail!) and I could not attend the second AAHS raffle ever
held. It was in 1986. But about 10 o’clock that night, I received a phone call from
Jackie Breheney, president of AAHS. She was very excited to tell me I had won the
Grand Prize! She insisted that she deliver it to me on her way home
from the University. What could I say, but, "That would be great!"
The prize was the beautiful water color painting I am holding below. The artist is
Cherry Murray, wife of John Murray, both very long time members of AAHS. Cherry
was a painting instructor at Pima Community College for many years. I had dug with
John around town for a few years and did so for more years as volunteers with local
contract firms and the AAHS. Cherry and John are very dear to the hearts of those who
know them. This painting has hung over my bed since that time,
and it is one of my most prized possessions.
I think this reference is to the Cherry Murray that did the water color I bought. And I think Cherry Murray is out there painting and giving classes still somewhere in Arizona. So Cherry Murray, if you stumble upon this post, please contact me. I would like to know the inspiration for this picture and its province. I love it, and it is worth far more than $79.
|To give you perspective.|
The painting is large. My dad made the mission style chair, and the end table is a very old Mission style library desk. Yes, we have mixed and matched contemporary, mid-century modern and mission in our house. So shoot me.
|Cherry Murray's water color. Accompanied by a|
Jonathan Adler lamp, found at a dealer for a third the price on the site.
|Jack on bed. With another glimpse of Japanese art that will |
very likely stay (my mom made picture on right)
and contemporary bureau that will stay for sure.