Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hollyhocks and the Outhouse

Hollyhocks and the Outhouse
Hollyhocks and the Outhouse, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:when I was painting this Outhouse on a historic farm in Michigan an on looker asked me if I knew the story of hollyhocks and the outhouse? This is what she told me and it was something I had never heard before:

Hollyhocks were often planted next to outhouses long ago. Why, you ask?
So that in the event visitors came calling, a lady need not announce in front of everyone her need to use the privy. (Toilet) As the hollyhocks were next to the outhouse, one merely asked where the hollyhocks were, and when pointed in the direction, did not need to reveal if she were going to admire the hollyhocks or do something else while there. Ah, such a lady-like gesture! So if you have an outhouse, be sure to plant a few next to it even just for fun.
Hollyhocks and the Outhouse
8x10 oil painting on canvas mounted on a museum quality panel
Media: oil painting
Size: 10 in X 8 in (25.4 cm X 20.3 cm)
Price: $200 USD
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