They say home is where the heart is. And in many cases, our hearts are wrapped up in memories about the houses we have spent countless holidays, birthdays, and experiences. A house can mean A LOT to a person and family.
Being a child of divorce and coming from a big extended family, several houses have meant a whole lot to me over the years. Most notably is my grandfathers house where we spent childhood summers by the pool, playing make-believe in the basement, exchanging and opening Christmas presents in the living room, and feasting on amazing family recipes anytime there was an excuse to gather together. So when a close friend asked me to paint a portrait of her grandmother's home to give to her as a gift, I was very excited and honored to accept.
When I was asked to paint this home portrait, I was wrapping up my Garden Party collection. I was nervous about transitioning from dramatic florals to something light and architectural, but it ended up being a much needed change of pace. I had a blast with this portrait. So much so that I now want to paint some of the "homes" in my life and childhood.
I have to say, I am so happy with how this turned out. It's bright and happy, with just the right amount of detail and whimsy. I really hope Grandma Parmenter approves when she sees it, fingers crossed!