I like the details in the painting that help tell the story. It's a country setting, and I think this because of the lady's clothing, the path winding back to the little cottage and the hen/ducklings. Most likely the older looking lady is this little gal's Grandma and they have been paying close attention to the hen that Grandma has, at one time, put duck eggs in her nest to be cared for. Well it worked because they have taken the baby ducklings in a straw filled basket to the water hole with Mother Hen watching very closely as her babies are introduced to the water. Isn't that sweet?
And look at the little girl, she is standing barefoot on her Grandma's skirt and is hanging on to the ruffle on her shirt. I think she is from the city and doesn't want to get dirty and isn't so sure about those new ducklings or that mother hen. How cute is that?
The below picture has a glare on it but you can see the hen, basket and ducklings better. Isn't it wonderful?
BUT it has this light attached to it. The painting looks good with light on it because without it, it looks a little dark. So I am trying to decide...do I remove the light or leave it attached? I do not like the look of the white cord going down the wall to the outlet.
Then I wondered if the painting was actually even old because of the light and the newer looking paper backing so I took the backing off and... yes! It it old! It is painted on canvas and it has had some restoration done to it. I don't care for the newer frame either but for $12.50, who cares right?!
I hung it here in my bedroom. Looking at the picture below you can see the look of it with the light and cord.
So what do you think, leave the light or take it off?
And if you have any info or thoughts on the age or value of this piece I would love to hear it. Thanks for visiting and have a great week!