Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Painting a House

Big Mawmaw and Mawmaw were artists. They drew, sketched, painted, weaved, sewed, and created.
They also loved history. Not really dates of wars and political administration, but geneology and anthropology. They loved personal stories about families and the history of the community.

They started a project of drawing old town buildings and old houses.
They did sketches of the old banks, stores, and churches. Some of there weren't still there, but they found pictures of them and drew them from the photographs.

They also did drawings of some of the old houses in the area. Many of them were past their height of beauty, but they worked to capture the beauty that had been lost in time.
They would pack up their easels and supplies and set everything up but not before asking permission.
On one particular occasion, they went up to the door of one of the historical homes that had lost some of its luster and asked the old man that lived there is they could paint his house.
He excitedly agreed.
They were pleasantly surprised by his enthusiasm, so they went and sat at their easels and got to work.
A little while later, the man came back out and asked "When y'all gonna get started?"


  1. When those two got together you never knew what was going to go on. And the funny thing about it was that they were nearly always together and they loved telling off on themselves. Oh how I miss them.
    Love, Momma

  2. You can hire a pro to analyze old paint chips and recreate the original color. Or, you can refer to historic color charts and select shades that might have been used at the time your home was built.