Picture This

June 17, 2007

Mjd, at Return of the White Robin, is our Fun Monday host. She asked to see something that hangs on our wall that is fun, interesting, endearing, sentimental, or otherwise enticing.

Mine comes with a story. I’ve been digging in the boxes of rememberings again. Can you tell?

This painting blessed my mom’s dining room forever. Now it hangs in our guest room. I remember suggesting to my mom one time that she might want to replace it with something a little less formal. She made it clear that would never happen since this was the work of someone very special. His name was Lee.



I was reminded of this while trying to find my Gramma’s house a few weeks ago. Gramma lived on one side of the lake, and I remember riding in the boat from her house to the other side. That is where Lee lived. Of course so much has changed over the years that I can’t find either place.


This is a photo of my mom with her cousin Lee. I only remember bits and pieces about him because I was very young, not yet into double digits. I remember that when we would visit he would be by himself. The house seems now to have been more of a studio or cottage than a home. It may have been where this picture was painted.




I know my mom loved him very much and was devasted when he died. It was a quiet kind of sorrow. I remember that nobody would talk about it and for awhile I thought that someone had murdered him; it all seemed so mysterious to my young imaginative mind. What I believe after all of these years is that Lee lived in a time when difference was not tolerated.

Some things were not better back in the day.




Here is a picture of Willi that I just love. It was taken long before I knew him by his friend Tim Ernst, now known as Arkansas’ Wilderness Photographer…


Willi was working on the Ozark Highlands Trail in 1982. The trail starts in West Arkansas in the Boston Mountains and proceeds to Buffalo National River and on into Missouri. This photo was taken on Big Piney Creek and later was published in the magazine below.







This image is also painted on the paddle to the left in this picture. On the right is a tie dyed masterpiece Willi did in college. Below are some items he brought back from South America.


Here is my contribution made in 1971; yarn embroidered on burlap.


Words to live by, right?


20 Responses to “Picture This”

  1. mjd Says:

    As I suspected, you have lovely things hanging on your walls. As usual, I love your entire post. As I have mentioned before, you have a way with words. Thank you for sharing your things and your thoughts with the Fun Monday blogging folks.

  2. Jay Says:

    Those are all really great. Love the pic of Willi fly fishing.

  3. Pamela Says:

    the whole post was fantastic… and the butter just was the final melting!!!!

    Good job!

  4. chrisb Says:

    I loved seeing your pictures and reading the stories. I think the picture painted by your mothers cousin is beautiful.

  5. Hannah Says:

    I agree with Chrisb, the picture by your mum’s cousin is lovey.

  6. corky Says:

    The story of your mom’s cousin was sad.

    I love the pictures, and I’m always a sucker for picture of someone fishing.

  7. Tiggerlane Says:

    Beautiful Arkansas photo! That is one of the most beautiful parts of our state.

    I love the “dance/butter” quote – too cute!

    As for Lee, I wish our society was more tolerant – even now.

  8. Joy T. Says:

    “Never dance in the sun with butter on your head” LOLOL I should say! Loved all your Fun Monday shows, but I especially love the story behind your mom’s painting. So sad. The painting is beautiful and I see why she loved it so much.

  9. Susan Says:

    Oh great…and I was just getting the butter out!

    My mom just decided to teach the girls to embroidary, but she can’t seem to find any books/kits/info. It seems that it may become a lost art. I’ll have to make sure they come see your masterpiece!

  10. giveitatry Says:

    Lee’s painting is wonderful. He used just the right color combination – beautiful!

    The burlap embroidery is a keeper – definitely a keeper.

    Have a fun Monday!

  11. I love it all! The picture of Willi…..classic Arkansas!! The tie-dyed masterpiece and your burlap treasure…just awesome. Love the colors in both works of art. Lee was such a handsome man. The second picture of him really touched my heart. Lovely post!

  12. dilling Says:

    Well, you have some beautiful and tender joys to display…and no, back in the day, not all things were better…that is true. But there is someone to remember…and that is what will make the difference.

  13. Tod Says:

    That is a beautiful picture and a sad sad story.

  14. theotherbear Says:

    Great post. I love that fishing photo! And a great embroidered wall hanging by you! That is the sort of thing I’d love on my wall!

  15. Willowtree Says:

    This was a real gem, great pictures and a wonderful story topped of with some words of wisdom that we should all live by.

    I’m also really impressed by the Willi photos (but then I’m just a celebrity junkie).

  16. bichonpawz Says:

    Words to live by, indeed! Loved your Fun Monday!

  17. my4kids Says:

    That picture is beautiful and so cool for the other picture to have been published.

  18. Nessa Says:

    My husband would love all of the fishing pictures.

    No one ever told me not to go in the sun with butter on my head. I wish I had known.

  19. Willi Says:

    Willowtree: no celebrity just lucky to know a talented photographer.

    Arkansassongbird: Yep classic Arkansas!

    Gawilli: Great post! The story of Cousin Lee grabs your heart.

    Everybody: If you haven’t click on Tim Ernst’s link do so. He is one outstanding wilderness photographer.

  20. daddy d Says:

    I am taking that sun-butter advise to heart.

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