In celebration of Black History month I’m highlighting Black Art in all forms (as artists, subjects, creators and inspirations) and today I’m happy to bring you a post by one of my faithful readers: She’s a retiree, an avid reader and gardener, plus she is the star of one of my most popular posts 🙂
I asked her to share her thoughts on one of her favorite paintings and iconic print called “A Penny Short” by Harry Roseland, a Brooklyn born German known for figure paintings.
Our guest’s thoughts on this piece:
When I first viewed this painting in a friend’s home it touched me deeply on many levels. At first misty eyed I felt deeply for this struggling couple but then I felt a sense of strength. Memories rushed in of those who’ve gone before, those who’ve paved the way even though they too were often just “A Penny Short”. “A Penny Short” maybe…but how rich with character. Their character came from delaying gratification while they worked and saved toward their goals. And it is character that ultimately brings one to appreciate things that really matter in life, simple pleasures like the beauty of nature, the gift of a stranger’s smile, the sound of a loved one’s voice or just a cherished memory.
A big thanks to my guest blogger for sharing with us all today! Have a wonderful weekend!