The Big Head

When I brought THIS PAINTING home from the Goodwill 10 years ago…

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Those books have to go – who wants them? Paid $10  at Goodwill for this close to 5 foot x close to 4 foot art piece almost 10 years ago.

I did not know that there was going to be a “thing” with large-scale portraits in home decor…

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It was common, while I was growing up, to be admonished not to get the big head. It meant not too think too highly of yourself, not to become too cocky or arrogant. Avoid pride!

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So, though I had spent a lifetime avoiding “getting the big head,” when I found that monochromatic painting of a very big head at a local Goodwill for ten dollars a few years ago, I was ecstatic!


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This is a pasted black and white collage of the details. Even now – love it!

I just loved it. But the rest of the family, well, let’s just say – no one else really had the same head-over-heels reaction I had. Dave rather endured it, I think.

It looked like it had been some sort of huge hotel painting that perhaps an art student painted over, frame and all?  I  wondered if perhaps it was a painting of one’s lover, only to be disposed of when they broke up, too painful to look at?

But the big headed-portrait caused quite the conversations among my people. Who was this person? A pretty woman with very short hair? Or a man without much of an Adam’s apple? No one was sure. But I liked the androgynous face. I just did.

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I tried it in several spots, ultimately hanging it in the library where only Stormie and Hunter and myself truly appreciated it for the thrift-store gold it was.

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It just never creeped me out, even though it was so large and so sort of undefinable.

When the grandbebes came to visit this summer, however, they started requesting I remove it from the wall (very heavy) or cover it with a sheet.  Well, people, I am first and foremost a Nonna as opposed to a Goodwill art collector.  ;)

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So, I had to let it go…


Ode to Ewan, oops it’s “Ioan” (as per Stormie)

Since Stormie, who had always called him “Ewan Ioan” said she wanted it if ever I should let it go {or die}, I bequeathed it to her and the wall is empty now – waiting for some other spectacular thing there. But I loved that thing and think I was quite cutting edge, design-wise…for at least 15 minutes! :)

Seen on Stormie’s Instagram the following day:

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I can write an ode to almost anything, can’t I? Ha!

Do you have any large-faces on your walls?


7 thoughts on “The Big Head

  1. I too loved this piece!!! Glad its in a good home once again.

    I do have a large face on my wall! Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper. :)

    1. Oh Pearl – that’s right! Send me pictures and I’ll do a follow-up post!!! :) Oh AND, btw – that is why I have always loved your art. You know how to go BIG-scale. :)

  2. Oh my dearest Ioan – it was love at first sight. Androgynous, yes – but he’s always been all man to me:) Thank you thank you thank you once again, I sincerely love seeing his face every time I walk into my living room. {He is still leaning against the wall, but I kinda like him that way – casual and unassuming}

  3. Wow, it is indeed the end of an era! Makes me laugh that its now in Storm’s smaller space. If Saber doesn’t discourage burglars, that thing surely will!

  4. Hmmm looks like Twiggy to me. I ddn’t even know about Big pictures. I do think I like the whole idea though.
    I hope Stormie enjoys it. It’s so neat to wait and wait for something and then to finally have it. I can imagine her savoring the joy of it.

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