Omaha Home as I saw it last summer…
Last summer I was driving through a lovely tree-lined street in Omaha and a classic brick Colonial Revival home caught my eye. It stood out as it was somewhat elevated and long layers of brick stairs led up to a cheerful red door — which made it even more welcoming. The home attracted me as it was a study in contrasts, the rich warmth of the brick against crisp white trim and black shutters. I decided to make this home part of my Omaha house portrait series.
I wondered what was behind those interesting dormer windows. Were they bedrooms, a study perhaps or as is sometimes the case, just storage. I couldn’t help thinking that the space would probably make a wonderful art studio. I also wondered about the history of the home.
The only problem was that I was in a hurry and the photos I took were not good. I concluded I would come back later in the afternoon to get a better photographic record of the home. Unfortunately my afternoon ended up being swallowed up in an art project so I was left will some crummy photos that didn’t do the house justice as well as a very clear image in my mind of how I would portray this subject as a work of art. Then I moved on from Omaha and headed north.
In order to create this painting and ensure accurate details, I had my local photographer take new shots for me to make sure I had things right. Of course the photos were taken in the current season… winter. That photo is below, just so you can see the contrast.
I have fun changing seasons and make the day nice and sunny. I guess that is what an artist does, they visualize things differently. It certainly makes my job enjoyable!