Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Little Ghost Story

I'm still plugging away at this painting thing. This first picture is how I wish I could paint.












This second picture is, sadly, how I paint. Notice the windows don't line up, the house is too big... and on and on.













This is a photograph of the house I was trying to paint. It's an old abandoned farm house down the road from where my father grew up and where I spent many Sunday's as a child, riding horses and chasing cats in the barn. It's also... haunted! Two people have committed suicide here, one hung himself in an old abandoned coal mine located on the property and another shot himself in the living room. I did not go inside. They didn't have any money growing up, but as they grew old and were no longer able to farm, they sold their property to the state and acres and acres of their land are now what is known as Jubilee State Park. They became millionaires but never changed their lives, living in this home til all were dead and gone.













I took my children here years ago to photograph them by the barn. It was a day still as death. Not a breeze in the air. We walked up to the property by a field where a path of weeds stood over our heads. In unison we each turned as we heard the wind coming closer and closer to where we stood. Staring down the path, we watched in amazement as the weeds farthest away begin bending in the breeze. It moved towards us and blew through the weeds as if they were tumbling dominos. I heard my daughter's voice, "Theeeeeeeeey're heeeeeeeeeere," and I knew we were not alone.













I wasn't happy with my first painting so a couple of weeks later I tried again, using the photographs I had taken. My father informed me the house needed a path so, I obliged him. It was the least I could do since he had accompanied me on my painting expedition the day I painted the first picture. If we had any visitors that day, my father did not speak of it, nor did I.



11 comments:

  1. It is interesting to see how you learn to adjust details with every redo. The path maybe could taper wide in front to narrow in back to give a sense of depth. Each painting evokes a little different feeling for me based on color and detail.

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  2. Well, I think this last one is awesome! It's like I'm always telling my grandson ... practice, practice, practice, it make's all the difference in the world.

    I don't know why, but I'm always taken aback when I look at a painting like the first one above and realize that it IS a painting, not a photograph. To have a talent like that is so far beyond anything I could imagine myself having.

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  3. The first painting actually looks pleasant. Your painting looks just like you described it "an abandoned old farmhouse", that is "haunted".

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  4. I love the last painting, excellent job! path was a good idea too :-)

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  5. Funny, I was thinking that I really didn't like the clouds in that first painting ... and it's not yours! I actually like the first one you did quite a bit, and the fact that its size gives it a lot of importance.

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  6. I think the changes between your first painting for the house and the second one are amazing!

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  7. Really like the last version...if I didn't know better, I'd think it was a Van Gogh!

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  8. I like yours better than the original on top. That's like a photo. Yours has much more character.

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  9. Glade to see you are painting. I like the attention to detail in the last one.

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  10. You're talented...I'm sure you already know that. :) Interesting...the things that inspire you.
    I'll be stopping back to read more later.

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  11. I often fantasize about trying to paint but am to embarrased to take a class and also too worried about having another abandoned project. I love that you are painting even if you don't consider yourself a painter - you are more painter than you know, an artist!
    I'm impressed!!

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