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Painting by Maxi, His first and maybe only. Worked years on it. It won a North Calif. contest and he I believe got $1000.

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Posted 5 years ago


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It is 8 inches by 11 inches. The woman hanging clothes is 1/4 inch long! So how long are the socks on the clothesline! He started it in early 1970's and finished it around 1981. The farm has now disappeared, buildings collapsed. He lived on and off with me and stayed with other friends of mine. I never asked him his last name or for money for food or rent. He just had cows left to paint. He spent many days sitting in fields watching cows before he painted. He was deeply religious but never talked or pushed it on people. We made wine together, 85% blackberry and 15% cabernet. 3 carboys or about 65 bottles, it was good. He took the painting to the trendy artist town of Mendocino. They let him enter, a lot of No. Calif. artist with reputations. He took 1st place! He told me about how his dad and him looked and found gold, a lot of gold when he was younger. I left for Costa Rica and I heard he went to look for gold. He had gold fever! He knew I liked the painting and wanted me to have it, or first choice. I told him I would give him $600. and he was happy. I will take it to County Museum and find out who use to live on that beautiful farm.


  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Love this. It's very special. Has an air all its own.
  2. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    One time when we first met I brought a pizza home and he asked for one small slice, not to eat but to smell. after some minutes he put it back. H told me he studied chocolate, when he studies he learns everything. A family who won awards opened a chocolate candy store in town close by. He became friends with them and well I think he showed them some things he knew! He stopped his car once when he saw grape pickers, went next morning and picked grapes. He studied this. He picked little bunches also, the Mexican workers did not. I picked blackberries with him, he is good , My dad and I made 400 bottles of wine one year. No one in the world can pick faster than my father.

  3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Most interesting! I am glad that you made friends with the remarkable artist, and that you purchased this beautiful painting from him. Hope you have good fortune at the museum! : )

    Ah, sounds like your father would be wonderful company! You must miss him a lot.
  4. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    Thank you, yes!

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