Strangers in my House
Full Disclosure: There isn't a square inch of space available on my wall for any more pictures of any kind. This is because I've managed to crowd out the actual family pictures with pictures and portraits of complete strangers. Exhibit A) Evelyn Beatrice Rutherford
I rescued her from a discarded pile at a yard sale for $15. Although you can't tell by this picture, she's actually quite huge. Her name is a complete fabrication, I made it up based on the initials on the pin she wears at her neck. (I felt very sleuth-like when I noticed that particular detail.) My kids do not care for her at all (those weren't their exact words, but you get the picture), so now Evelyn is Queen of all she surveys...in my bedroom.
Next came The Boy and His Dog, acquired for .50 at a yard sale...also oversized and pretty amazing.
The frame was pretty damaged, and the picture is faded and decaying, but I love it anyway. I can't explain the pull here. I guess I have a soft spot for boys and their dogs.
Speaking of kids, I found this beautiful child at a thrift store and proceeded to check the bottom of my purse for the appropriate change to pay for it. It was my lucky day when I found the .50 I needed. (I'm pretty sure this isn't how fine art is purchased, but to each his or her own)
And this lovely lady had to come live with me after finding her sandwiched between the covers of a Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass Double LP at the Thrift Store. A very helpful Facebook friend did the research and it turns out Kathleen O'Connor was a prominent actress in the 1910s. I'm guessing this is a framed fan picture.
These lovely ladies were all together in a box marked 'Free' on the side of the road about a decade ago..Sisters? I'm not sure, but they have fabulous accessories. The handsome aviator had to come home with me too.
And finally, this is the portrait that has garnered me the most Universal side-eye to date....mostly because my kids are absolutely CERTAIN the eyes move. No question about it. Introducing, Mr. Jack from Baltimore:
Truthfully, there are a few pictures of people I actually know on my walls and on my tables and I was going to share those too, but who wants to see a bunch of pictures of people's relatives?