Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sketch is almost done...

my dad & the Moran barn
Some years ago I did a painting for my Dad of the barn his dad and grandfather built.  About 15yrs ago my youngest son and I went with my Dad to Orlando, West Virginia (no it is not on most maps).  We had been at a family reunion in southern Pennsylvania and decided to go see where he was born.  Wow, no traffic lights, one road and a road that was flooded...in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  We found his family property...beautiful!  The old house was gone and a mobile home was in its place but way out back was the barn! The owner was kind enough to let us walk around a bit.  It was an emotional moment for my Dad and wonderful to experience with him.  SO, I did a painting of the barn.  It wasn't all that great as I look back, no real deepth or value...my Dad complained about my roof line.  I didn't show the one side with the peak (I'm going to call it).  The photo didn't really show it either  because of the angle and the barn was pretty deteriorated.  My artistic friend, Joy, says in my dad's eyes he still sees it as a child, strong and freshly painted.  SOOOOOOOOO, I have decided to paint it as he probably remembers it and hope that this painting he likes... here are two sketches that I hope to get one to the point of transfer and start working on this week.  (I am trying not to do the whole panoramic view, bring it in and make it my own)


Hope your Sunday is filled with sunshine and your week too!  Thanks to Sophia for hosting Sunday Sketches...I just love all the work that I get to visit by being part of this day!
cheers, dana

p.s. wanted to share what I sent in the Faerie Shoe Swap...I did a paperclay (thanks Penny) shoe on canvas and some fun surprises too!

18 comments:

Heather said...

what a nice memory. good luck with your barn, you are off to a good start with the sketch! have a great sunday!

Wanda's Wings said...

Nice start with your sketch. Have a great Sunday.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful story ~ memories are treasures that we have ~ Great start with your sketch ~ Love barns ~ can't wait to see the finished product ~ happy sketch sunday ~ Carol (Share the Creative Journey)

craftattack said...

Good luck with your barn, this will bring back lots of memories! Valerie

Jehanne's doodles said...

Oh what a lovely story. I remember doing a painting of some boat racing for my dad and he was rather ..hmm what is the word..critical, of the angle of the sails lol Good luck with your painting, I am sure he will love it in the end, as my dad did with his non-precise sails :) Have a great Sunday :)
I am not yet sure what I will do with my cards (ACEO) .

WrightStuff said...

I always find anything with straight lines a challenge so good for you.
I had a trip down memory lane this week too. I drove past my Grandmother's old house. It looks different now with the garden completely gone and paved over and a porch built out on the front. It's strange seeing it like that.

Catherine... said...

Great memories...like those fairy shoes too....

Missy said...

Your barn will look lovely when it's done. That's a beautiful part of the country! Cool fairieness!

lissa said...

I like the idea that art pieces can be sentimental and meaningful - I'm sure your barn painting will be wonderful.

Joni Nickrent said...

how awesome to capture such a beautiful memory. Can't wait to see the finished painting...I'm sure it will be amazing! POP ART MINIS

Gallery Juana said...

Looks like you're off to a good start. It'll be fun to follow you on this work in progress.

Ann said...

what a special thing to do for your dad!! your friend is probably right..he probably remembers it through his child eyes. love what you've done so far and i'm excited to see the finished art piece!!! :)

Aeria said...

Looks like a great start! Lovely memories :)

aeria

Sophia said...

What a sweet memory to hold on to. :) Wonderful start to your sketch. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece. Happy SS!

ASHISH BARDHAN said...

Amazing Art Work
See mine ..
http://ashbeezone.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/the-making-of-a-mascot/

Joanne Osband said...

Thanks for sharing the special story. I look forward to your final sketch of the barn.....great beginnings!

aquariann said...

Nice memory sketches! I can't wait to see the finished piece.

And what, Faerie Shoe Swap?! How did I not hear of this?! What whimsical creations you sent.

laurie said...

what a beautiful post, and such a good sketch, I'm your newest follower,

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