Today marks the 10th anniversary of my father's death. But alongside the reminiscences there is a reason to rejoice - the return of two paintings, one of which I have never seen before.
Many of my father's paintings have been photographed (but by no means all). One is of a couple of colourful masked figures climbing a ladder with an array of what looks like baubles. I have printed out the photo of this painting and used it to create a clock face. The clock has sat in my kitchen for years, but I had no idea of the location of the original painting. I am delighted to report that the original painting is now standing in my kitchen! And at about six feet tall it is quite imposing. And, I can reveal that the painting is called Jack In The Green (this is written on the reverse alongside a number, indicating that the painting was in an exhibition).
The two paintings had been bought by a previous boyfriend of mine, over 30 years ago, when we were an item at university. I had long forgotten this, and had lost contact with Paul until curiosity made me seek him out a few months ago.I found him via his business profile and sent a tentative 'hi! Remember me' email. Amazingly, after a few sporadic emails I received one a couple of days ago which announced that he was able to come down and return the two paintings.
Despite a traffic jam nearly jeopardising the whole trip Paul arrived, with the two paintings, and three pen and ink drawings. The drawings he was keeping but it was great to see them. The paintings, although he still liked them, were not able to be given wall space at his home. He was completely happy to return them and we, as a family, are incredibly grateful for this generosity.
The second painting Day Dreaming I was not familiar with.It includes several key elements: masks, stylised flowers, flowing fabric, found in many of my father's work.
It was an enjoyable evening full of laughter - and utter amazement for what had been achieved.