Ella May Mason watercolor

Thanks to Rhonda in Mississippi for emailing me these pictures of a 1948 Ella May Mason work, hanging in her home:

Ella May 48

Ella May sig

This is an interesting landscape probably done when Mason was in her middle or late twenties (if I’m recalling her age at death two years ago correctly). The painting isn’t overly thrilling, but parts of it surprise me: The layering appearance in the foliage, the texture and color in the clouds and the use of color. The strong red in the middle of the painting is a somewhat subtle but effective focal point.

I don’t know what to make of the “bubble” peeking out from behind the trees on the right side. This may be damage on the 59 year old canvas or something I just can’t discern in the photograph.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

3 Responses to Ella May Mason watercolor

  1. Tom says:

    I am also from MS. and have a August 44 painting. I will try and get pictures of it soon and send you.

  2. TAE says:

    Great! Looking forward to it. My email, which you may already know, is under the contact page . . .

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