|My house, my home|
In the years since my mother died, I have been pretty obsessed with genealogy. I just love it when I can find photos of the homes where my ancestors have lived. It somehow helps me understand them better when I can see them in their environment. Here are some of the house photos in my family collection:
|The Paulson home in Beaver Falls/New Brighton, PA|
|The Thomas and Elizabeth Carter home in Amelia Courthouse, VA, about 1910.|
|William and Eliza Carter in front of their home in Newtown, PA, about 1915.|
I feel so much more connected to my ancestors, to my genes, to my country’s history, when I can see where they lived. So do yourself, and your descendants, a favor. Take a photo of the places you live. Better yet, take a photo of you, and/or your family, standing in front of your house. Have a print made, and be sure to write the names and date on the back. Your descendants will thank you!
Leaving a sketch of your home is an even more wonderful legacy to leave your descendants. That way, they have a piece of your creativity, your art, to hold in their hands long after you are gone, perhaps long after the house is gone.
A sketch of a home is also a great way to mark a special occasion, such as a marriage, birth, or anniversary. I sketched the historic home my husband and I rented in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a wedding gift to him in 1994. The house was part of Thomas Jefferson’s father’s Shadwell Plantation, and dated to the 1700s. It was incredibly special.
I included the peacock feathers because our landlords kept peacocks on the property, and we had a special bond with a peahen named Emily. Here’s a closeup of the house sketch/watercolor:
I gave this sketch to my husband on our wedding day. He told me recently that it is one of his most prized possessions. It made me feel really great to know how much he appreciates it.
So come on over to my blog, and I’ll show you how I sketched my current house!
And I’ll be giving away a Moleskine sketchbook – in a cover I will custom design and stitch – to one lucky person who leaves a comment on the post!