Friday, October 24, 2008

Show and Tell Friday

To see other show and tell Friday posts visit Kelli's blog.

My Grandfather had such an impact on my life as many Grandfather's do. He was first and foremost a child of the King. I use to spend many summers at their home. They lived up on a hill in the woods. I still love to go there to visit my Grandmother.
Another thing about him was his tremendous talent as an artist, he also loved to make things out of wood. My favorite of his paintings are the barns. I love the country and everything about country living. Below are a few of the ones he had given me over the years for college graduation, birthdays, and just because. I look at them and I am swept back to when I was a child visiting them.
My Grandfather had a studio down in the basement. The room was known as the dungeon. We knew NEVER to go in there. I think it was probably one of my cousins who told me many "horror" stories about that room. I remember when my Grandparents first met my Husband they were so smitten with him. Growing up no one was allowed down to Grandpa's rooms. What did Grandpa do the first time we visit them? Take Matt down to show him all his "toys" as he described them. My Husband loves woodworking as well. No one could believe that Grandpa was sharing this with him.

This is one they gave me for my college graduation. I think I have a barn painting in each season. I just noticed that as I was posting this.
The painting above is of my Husband's ancestors' barn. It was were his family had settled back in the 1800's. The ironic thing was that my Grandfather painted this barn before he even knew my Husband. They gave it to us when we announced our engagement.

This is my aunt's barn. She had morgan horses, I'm not sure, but I think she only has one left. It was always fun riding them when we were kids.
This is one from their area. Next time you are out and about take the time to stop and look at some old barns. They sure don't make them like this anymore! Have a great day!!

21 comments:

ceekay said...

Beautiful paintings. What a lovely story about your family!

ryleeandnoahsmom said...

Wow, Jen! These paintings are awesome. He really was a talented painter. What a cool story about the painting of Matt's family barn.See you in a few hours!

Chez Nous said...

What a great Show & Tell and the paintings are beautiful.

kahlanne said...

Wow your granddad was quite an artist. I love those paintings. There is just something about a rustic barn scene. I think that is why I collect old church paintings. It just seems to have such a soul. I know you must be proud!

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Oh what lovely barn paintings!!! Great Show & Tell!

Thanks for the visit today!

Constance said...

I am so sentimental about stuff like that! I loved the story of how your Grandpa painted the barn before he knew whom it was connected to! That just gave me shivers! It was like God gave Him something that was destiny related to you! WOW!!! You must miss him like I miss my grandmother!

Last week I shared about my Grandma's trunk, the "before restoration" photos. I got it back and I have posted its transformation on today's S&T.
Connie

Carla said...

I love these types of paintings, especially from some one special! Thank you for sharing today.

Manuela said...

Beautiful painting! What a talented painter! I love paintings of country life and country houses!

Manuela

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Those paintings are absolutely wonderful and literally makes me envision myself walking through the fields surrounding them. sigh*

Mrs. Miles said...

Your Grandfather sure had a Gift! And what a blessing you are able to remember him through his talent, and for generations to come. How wonderful to have the family memories preserved, captured in his paintings.

Great Show and Tell! I've enjoyed visiting.


~ Barb

Lady Katherine said...

love the old barns

Donna@The Frugal Mom Blog said...

That is a really nice story about your Grandfather and those painting of his our beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us. I wish I had something special from my dad, make sure you treasure those gifts from your Grandfather!

Linda C said...

I love barns. Here in Wisconsin we have some beautiful farms with barns and silos. It makes drive in the country a treat!
Your grandfather was a talented artist. I love your paintings!! Thanks for sharing:)
~Linda C

Tammy said...

What special heirlooms these will make!

Marnie said...

Beautiful pictures!!!

Tag!

Susie Homemaker said...

What great paintings! Your Grandfather must have really approved of your beau to share his "inner sanctum" with him...beautiful story.

Blessings,
Susie

Ivory Spring said...

What a lovely post, Jen! Your grandfather is indeed VERY talented. I love the story about the barn picture he gave you upon your engagement....

Alice said...

What wonderful treasures these paintings are! And such good memories you have stored up to go with them. I love old barns, only I look for them with a camera instead of a paintbrush :).

ROXY said...

How neat!! You grandpa is so talented. Those paintings are beautiful! Thanks for sharing:)

Kelli said...

These are such special and beautiful treasures, Jen! Your grandad was a wonderful artist.
~Kelli

Kathy said...

What beautiful work your grandfather did, Jen. Wonderful story too.
Kathy