Back in the late 1960s, Elegant Friend and I got together to paint in oils - copying whatever struck our fancy. That lasted long enough for each of us to complete one canvas. Eventually, my painting (copied from Franz Marc's Antilope) went to Bogie - who may or may not still have it. I don't recall the subject of EF's canvas. Fast forward about 50 years: Several months ago, EF and I started getting together to paint in acrylics. Each of us has completed several small canvases, none of which we would brag upon. Come to think of it, I didn't brag upon the antelope painting that I did - EF is the artist!
Unfortunately, last week, EF left our little town - moving up to Wichita to a "Senior Retirement Community". Moving from a house in which she had about 3000 square feet (main floor + nicely finished basement) to herself into a one-bedroom apartment (maybe 700 square feet?) EF had to rid herself of many belongings. Among the belongings for which she needed to find new homes were the first two paintings that EF had done. I pleaded with EF not to let them out of her family; but, she was convinced that no one in her family would care to have any of her work, so she gifted me with the second of the two paintings.
The painting, photo below, was painted at the request of EF's late mother-in-law. I am now the lucky owner. As I told her, unless someone from her family comes to take the work from me, I shall treasure that painting "forever"!