I have always been fascinated with the story houses can tell. And also the stories they make you wonder about. Not every house catches my attention, but once in a while there is one that stands out. I’m not sure if its the way it looks, or the area its built on, but some houses make me stop and wonder about the story behind it, especially abandoned and run down houses. Who lived there? Did they watch the rain fall outside the windows? Did they have a dog that played in the yard? Were they happy? What was their story?
This farm house is one of those houses. Every time we would drive by, I always wondered about this house. It started to fall apart in recent years, I don’t know how long it had been empty, and eventually it was torn down 😦 But before that happened, I stopped and got some pictures.
It sat on a large area of land with rolling fields and big trees in the front yard, off of Highway 51 and Stitt Rd in Chippewa PA. It had a large barn nearby, and for years even though it didn’t look like the house was lived in, the fields were still planted and harvested. But eventually that stopped too, and the bails of hay were left in round bundles across the fields, untouched. I never got pictures of the barn, but might try painting it later by memory anyway.
Tried to paint from the pictures, and what I couldn’t see in the pics, or what was no longer there, like the porch roof, I tried to add and make it look like it belonged. Second try with the water colors, having fun but still need a lot of practice! I might go back and repaint the trees with acrylics, since that would be a bit thicker than the watercolors and help give the trees more body (if that makes sense) and appear fuller. I can’t seem to make the watercolor dark enough like it is in the picture. I definitely want to re-paint the house again, try to get the angles right, and I need the practice 🙂
This is the drawing I did of the house before I painted it and you can see how the angles and dimensions are off, but over all I think it turned out decent for someone who doesn’t draw much. The house looks like it was once a really nice house, you can see it in the details of the decorative scrolls at the corners and along the underside of the roof (sorry I have no architectural knowledge, I don’t know what any of that is actually called) and the small decorative windows to what looks like the attic with their colored squares of glass. I really wish I could find some old pics or info on the house when it was newer, but no matter where I looked online, couldn’t find anything. My curious nature wants to know what happened to the family who lived here and why they let the house, that was clearly well loved at one time, fall to pieces.
I really wish I could have looked inside before it was gone, but the house was condemned and the property was marked “no trespassing” so I couldn’t get closer than the driveway. I wonder if it had sensible wooden stairs, or maybe they were spiraled stairs, a bit more of the decorative flair like the attic windows and wooden scrolls! And I wonder what the kitchen looked like, and if they sat in the screened in porch and watched the sun set on summer evenings. I really wish I could go back in time and see it in its glory days!