20.000 x 15.000 x 0.013 inches
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Painting - Watercolor On Illustration Board
This is a painting of the house I grew up in where my 80 year old father still lives. I used a black and white photograph of the Bussey Family. They were the Founders of this small town in southern Iowa. The town was established in 1875. This photograph was taken in approx. 1902. It is hard to verify much of the information on many of these photographs I work from because there are very few of the towns people still living that can confirm information. So I have taken it upon myself to research and paint and draw with as much detail as possible to preserve the history of the town of Bussey. There is some guess work in the colors of clothing etc. But I find the details of the woodwork on the house and the design of the swing in the yard amazing. This makes doing theses paintings quite a joy.
My father Frank bought this house from a school teacher Hazel Bussey in 1957 for the price of $4000 dollars. He said they bought the house on contract for $35 dollars a month. The Insurance Co. values the house in 2013 at $180 thousand. One of the perks that came with the house was an indoor hand pump well. This was much nicer than many houses that had to go outside to pump their water.
I have an endless supply of reference material with these old photos. And they already looks like a Norman Rockwell style of painting. In fact in doing some research I have learned that Norman Rockwell also used photographs for reference for many of his famous paintings.
I feel it is important to remember the founders of my home town and will hopefully preserve The Heartland of America", and what makes the town of Bussey a town that people feel homesick for.
January 29th, 2013
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