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Friday, January 20, 2017

Woman ancestor artists

Both my grandmothers were artists.  I don't have any of the works done by my father's mother, but I heard she could do china painting before she married and had a family.

Locket given to me by Mozelle Munhall when I graduated from high school, just 3 months before my grandmother died.
Below is a painting my grandmother did of the bluebonnets in Texas.  I grew up looking at one of those paintings in my parent's home.  Then later, someone found me through her name, and asked about the value of their bluebonnet painting.  I had no idea who they were, or how they'd obtained one of her paintings.  Perhaps a cousin who I hadn't had touch with.  My mother had no siblings, but her mother had 3 there were some cousins, one of whom had 5 children.  Maybe they had the painting now.  I never heard again from the person who contacted me.

This was Mozelle Munhall's story on my former blog, posted a few years ago.

Painting of Texas Bluebonnets, by Mozelle Munhall
 Here are some clips of when she was young.
My mother's album, showing Mozelle Munhall in 1925.
My mother's album, shows Jack Munhall, Mozelle and her husband, Fred Munhall, 1926.
Mozelle Munhall, with grandchildren, Barbara Rogers (older) and Mary Beth Rogers (my younger sister) Houston TX 1948
And when she was a bit older, we grandkids loved her, obviously.

Sepia Saturday (HERE) shows a woman at two stages of her life.  And she's an artist (at least by the second photograph.)  Go to Sepia Saturday to see more posts by fellow bloggers, scroll down and click their names for links to their blogs.

Today's Quote:

The universe is full of dots. Connect the right ones and you can draw anything. The important question is not whether the dots you picked are really there, but why you chose to ignore all the others.


  1. Nice to continue with the tradition.

  2. The painting of the bluebonnets is lovely and one I'd love to hang in my house if only I had enough walls. Open floor plans are nice for a variety of reasons, but they don't leave a lot of options for hanging pictures!

  3. Your mother's interesting matte cut-outs belie her artist inclinations. Mozelle looks like
    a very happy woman in those pictures with you and your sister. As you say, it is obvious
    you loved her.

  4. I just noticed how the model for today looks so much alike in both her poses, all those years apart.

  5. Double points for havng the female artist connection as well. It’s a charming painting of Texas bluebonnets, which I now know are a type of lupin.

  6. Wow, a perfect match with bonus points! Bluebonnets must have inspired a lot of Texas artists in the days before color film.

  7. I would love to see Texas in bloom. I imagine that at that one time in the year it is stunning with color. Your painting makes it look like a magical place. But then I think of Amarillo in 1959 in a snowstorm and think, nope...not going back to Texas.


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