Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Who was Bessie Pease Gutmann?


I was going to gross you out with interior pictures of the reno cottage, but I"m a bit over ugly at the moment. So I thought I would share some pics of the frame I bought at the antique and collectable fair recently.
The fair is held about five times a year and dealers and collectors come from hundreds of km's away. And it's only a stone's throw away from home, this goes some way to make up for the lack of good thrift shops in town.

I'd just about made my way through all one hundred and fifty stalls and decided I was going home without any new pictures for the walls when I found a shellac frame in good enough nick to hang right away and the pic of kookaburras wasn't too bad. The kind of picture nanna would cut from a calendar.


I got home with my booty and waited until Mr Crazy House was downstairs. I needed to give this frame a clean before he took a closer look as I had spied insect dropping in the torn paper backing and thought maybe I had bought some Borer infested bit of rubbish ( the dealer was a bit of a worry).

So I'd pulled it apart ,cleaned the glass and was putting it back together when I saw a picture of a lady on the backing card, painted watercolour style. The picture was titled "Sweetheart". She was a bit water damaged across the shoulder but still lovely.


Beneath the picture was 155 copyright Gutmann and Gutmann.N.Y , Sweetheart and the name Bessie Pease Gutmann in a heart shape.



Don't you just love what you can find out on the internet.

Bessie Pease Gutmann was an American artist,B 1876-D 1960, who has approx. six hundred paintings and drawings to her credit. After graduating from art college she took commissions for portraits and illustrated newspaper adverts. She began working at Gutmann and Gutmann in the early 1900's and married Hellmutt Gutmann, they had three children who became her inspiration.






Picture source; the gavel.com
During the 1920's she became the most well-known female artist of her time. She illustrated books for Lewis Carroll and Robert Louis Stevenson amongst others. Her illustration have graced the covers of magazines, postcards, and calendars, but is best known for her paintings of children.

Print source: unsure


Bessie retired from painting in 1947 due to failing eyesight, her husband died the following year. In 1949 the Gutmann business was sold.


Below are two of Bessie's more well-known prints.



In Disgrace



A Little bit of Heaven

Print source: unsure

Below is the only picture I could find that looks a bit like my print.

My Darling

Print source;allposters.it


Judging by the torn paper backing, the frame and the print belong to one another. Goodness knows how long this lady has been hidden and how did she get down here in Oz?

Now all I need is a frame for the kookaburras!







Thursday, June 3, 2010

Come on in!



Yes, not a great first impression!
A tractor tyre next to the front stairs and a broken front door.




Enclosed front veranda- north end.
Six broken windows up this end.
These windows slide open on runners.
 
 
Veranda- south end.
Three broken windows and one T.V for the dump.
 

So many broken windows.









The lounge room.
No camera fault, the floor really does sag that much


Lounge south wall fibro replacement.


Lounge looking into bedroom two (front bedroom).

Bedroom two.


Bed two looking into lounge.


The"what the" shelf, dining room.


Dining into kitchen.
Walls and saggy floor and missing stick-on tiles on the kitchen floor.


Bed one (back bedroom) looking into dining room.




Bedroom one, boarded-up window with the bathroom on the otherside.
Before plumbing came to Queensland in the late 1960's, you took a bath in a small tub on the kitchen floor in front of the woodstove, and went to the loo in the "thunder box"(outhouse) down the backyard. Glad those days are over!


The undenialable stench of grease, urine and something like vomit hits hard the moment you dare to enter the kitchen at the back of the house. A smell that assults the senses from the front door.
I can't imagine cooking anything worth eating in this kitchen. YUK!!
We couldn't decide if it was grease or cockroach poo all down the sides of the cupboards or what was left of them.
Cleaning products on the sink left by the landlord, who was a DOCTOR would you believe!
I'm glad we don't get sick too often.


Stick-on tiles on the kitchen floor. How would you keep that floor clean?


Well what can I say about the bathroom?
YUK,YUK,YUKIDY,YUK!!!
Patched urine soaked floorboards, BIG rats nest behind the bath in that hole, holes in the door, falling apart vanity unit, broken glass window that doesn't shut.
.

More yuk


Note the lovely hygenic floors and very mouldy peeling ceiling and the gaffa tape door-jam.
Not really looking forward to starting this bit!
In the words of Dad Baker (Cheaper by the dozen)
"What a nightmare!"




 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cottage renovation for $10 000



 

Looks soooo welcoming doesn't it. No that isn't a cat door, it's just a hole in the front door. You might welcome the wrong kind of people with those boarded-up windows.
 
So, the challenge we have set for ourselves is to renovate this small two bedroom plus sleepout cottage for $10 000 au.

The To-do list

Re-stumping
 
Re-plumbing (materials only, not labour)

Re-wiring (materials only, not labour)

New kitchen and bathroom

Repair and re-glass 14 multi-paned windows

New window awnings

Sand and re-polish floorboards

Paint inside and out

New front fence

Add wall in laundry

Move one wall

Connect hot water system

Fix meter box for power

Can it be done?

This is the front "garden" and front gates.

 


Underneath the front of the house.

This is actually the remnants of a camp where a couple lived! True! In the dirt sleeping on a matress for two weeks.Yuk!!! Friends of the former tenant.


What kind of stingy landlord rents a house with a 50 litre hot water system. Do they make them that small? Realy gross plumbing drain.
Lots of broken glass, cigarette butts and two syringes.


 We took three ute loads of rubbish to the dump.
Old carpets, gutters, wood,a tractor tyre, car tyres, pipes, boxes, clothing, toys, a drum.
It wasn't so bad outside really, it just needed it's first clean-up in five years.

Next post you get to see inside.




 
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