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Roses on Big Mama's Chest by F.A. Moore

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Roses on Big Mama's Chest by 

Oil on canvas hard panel
7 × 5 in.
June 5, 2011

In the old South– the deep South, especially, grandmothers were called “Big Mama”, I suppose meaning one step up from “Mama”. Likewise, grandfathers were called by Big Daddy" or “Big Papa”.

So it was the tradition in my family, where my Father grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the deep South, living in his grandparent’s house during the Great Depression. His grandparents were from New York state; but that didn’t matter much. There, they were called by “Big Papa” and “Big Mama”. And we great-grandkids revered “Big Mama” and her “big” southern home with the grand staircase, and the fine things from all corners of the world, and my favorite alabaster polar bear lamp in the entry; and I thought that was just her name.

The chest is now in my mother’s home; and these are my mother’s roses on Big Mama’s chest.

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  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 2 years ago

    Sweet story, Frannie….beautiful work!! :) Such a treat for you to have as a memory.

  • Wendy thank you! Once I decided the title needed to include the words, “Big Mama”, I thought I should explain.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 2 years ago

    Gorgeous work of art. Love the colors and the composition. My Mom was from the South and lived in Louisiana for years. Its a whole different culture. :o) You were lucky to have them. :o)

  • Louisiana is a culture all by itself, a marvelously rich one, at that. And Bunny, I’m thrilled that you think so much of the work. Really appreciate it.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Cynthia Lund Torroll
    Cynthia Lund T...almost 2 years ago

    Soooooooo lovely! And what a warm, sweet story.

  • Cynthia, hi! You are up and about late, too. What a beautiful compliment to end my night here. Thank you!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 2 years ago

    Great finish, Frannie, whatever final touches you did really made it go from pretty to wow. Rreally nice use of color and patterns.

  • Cindy, really? You can’t imagine how happy that statement makes me! Thanks so much for your input along the way!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Laura J. Holman
    Laura J. Holmanalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful colors and wonderful feeling in this piece Frannie. Love the story.

  • Laura, thanks for your beautiful comment!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkealmost 2 years ago

    This is a beautiful painting, Frannie, and the wonderful story gives it a life all of its own. To have the knowledge of your family’s roots in such detail must be something you treasure – beautiful memories to last a lifetime. Thank you for sharing them.

  • The added story was last minute, as was the title. I, personally, also, enjoy reading along with a photograph or artwork. So glad you enjoyed it, Jan, and thought enough to comment. Thank you.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 2 years ago

    Love your description Fran, my granddaughters call me Papa, but call my dad (their great grandfather) big daddy. In my mama’s family she calls her older sister, “Sister” and her younger sister, “Baby” and one of her brothers is call “Bubba.” And so help me when all three sisters get together it’s truly a scene out of “Steel Magnolias.” Beautiful work.

  • Haaa! Jim, what a great read your comment is. My aunt calls her older sister (my mom) “Sister”, also. “Big Daddy”, yes that’s another one. So great. :)) Glad my description brought these fond, fun memories to mind for you, Jim. Thank you, too!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 2 years ago

    PS – All this crowd is from Mississippi.

  • Deep, deep South.

    – F.A. Moore

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizalmost 2 years ago


  • So sweet to hear these words from you, Helene. Thank you!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Lana Wynne
    Lana Wynnealmost 2 years ago

    So many fine details on such a small painting, you’ve done a wonderful job with it! I love reflections of water in vase. Beautiful still life, Frannie

  • Lana, all I can say is, I’m glad it was small. But I did enjoy the detail on the rug. I was hoping it would help bring out the plushness of the Persian, as opposed to the softness of the roses. Thanks so much, Lana!

    – F.A. Moore

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