Saturday, January 23, 2010

If you have been a long time follower of my painting you might remember a very similar painting I did a few years back. This is almost an exact duplicate of my first painting called "Driving South". I started the original painting in Utah and used photos I had taken on my drives through southern Utah, but I wasn't able to pull it together and finish it until I moved to Missouri. The painting became all about Missouri and the rural life I was living there. I have a good friend here in MI, who had a similar dreamy experience in Kirksville MO, asked me to recreate this painting with a few variations for her boys nursery. She got photos of the actual street signs where she used to live and the major roads through town. The girl on the haystack in front of the barn is a photo of her daughter which was taken in Misosuri. The horseshoe is from Nauvoo, a similar meaningful town, and the maps show where Kirksville is located. Pancake city was special to their family because it was the Saturday morning breakfast treat for Dad and the kids every week.
The painting is 24" x 24" and I hope it proves to be a fun and meaningful keepsake for them for many years to come.



I enjoyed painting this so much that I have been considering doing a whole series in this collage/ modge podge rural, bright sun style.
Any thoughts on that anyone?
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9 comments:

Juliana said...

I love it, as always!

Jessica said...

very cool...I'm glad to see Pancake City made it's rightful debut

Brett DeGooyer said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!

Miggie Do said...

I completely adore this painting. It brings back a flood of memories that seem so far away but really weren't. Maybe I should have you paint me one with a tornado in the background!

Rebecca said...

Awesomel Melody! Is this for Charyce? I think she took a pic of her daughter on the hay roll.

Melody said...

yes is it for Charyce. You should see it in her boys room. It is such a great room for his painting!

Natalie said...

LOVE IT!! I would LOVE to hang one in my house to remind us of our time in Kirksville!

Ronlee said...

Hey neighbor! I absolutely love this painting! All your paintings make your house a warm, cozy home :)

Lee Ann

MomaLaw said...

Yup the original is one of my favorites as you know. A series would be spectacular. Great job!