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Saturday, October 17, 2009

APPALACHIAN FOLK ARTIST -- EDNA SIMPSON

COTTON PICKING DAYS
First painting of two found in the last month.
Always a delight to find another naive folk art painting by Edna Simpson. In this case, not one but two were found in about a month. Cotton Picking Days and Times Gone By were bright and spontaneous, full of action and great displays of cultural landscapes from the past.

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I talked to Miss Edna several months ago for the first time. I asked where she gets her ideas for her paintings. Her response was that it is mostly from her memories from the past. Edna lives in Kentucky country, is 63 years old and celebrates life with friends and relatives. With a lively voice, she is full of stories of her life and her paintings. She has dabbled in painting for about 20 years. Once she attempted to take painting lessons with her daughter and she only lasted for three classes before she went back to painting in her own distinctive style.

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Lots of naive detail.

Measures 24 X 17.


TIMES GONE BY
Second painting found in the past month.
This Simpson piece is titled Times Gone By on the bottom of the painting. It measure 201/2 X16 and is dated 2004. It is on wood and is medium in size compared to Cotton Picking Days above.

CLOSE UP SECTION OF TIMES GONE BY
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2 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh...what wonderful paintings! A wonderful example of folk art by a self taught artist. I would love to own some of Edna's painting myself.

    Darcy

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  2. Darcy -- Thanks for the comment. Yes, they are wonderful! -- Barbara

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