It's been a while, and I'm sorry about not posting sooner. For those of you in the know, we've had a lot of rain here in Sunny Arizona (so weird) and I don't do especially well in cold or wet weather.
However, it hasn't stopped me from checkin' everyone else's blogs out.....oh yeah, I've been surfin' blogland. I've noticed a lot of blogs have information about ancestry (Sandy and Elizabeth) and I thought I'd give it a weak shot. I'm not the best at this history stuff, as a matter of fact I have a cousin and my own daughter (Caitlin) that have our maternal side goin' all the way back to A.D. 700's...............gads, we've been around a long time, even some royalty in there. Anyway, I've been extremely fortunate to have some of our family heirlooms and today I'd like to post about a few with the extremely limited knowledge I do have.
This is a painting that I used to (and still do) adore, and when it hung at my maternal grandmother's house, I would just sit and stare at it. There's a face in the picture, and it captivated me, and still does some 45-50 years later. It's currently hanging in my bedroom, above my bed, and the little "post-it" stuck on it is my oldest daughter, Caitlin's, way of marking it as hers once I'm gone. I've asked my children to put their names on what they want when I'm gone, so there's no last minute fighting.......I hate that!
Anyway, about the painting...it was painted by my great, great aunt Stella Hoag, from Skillet Creek, Wisconsin. Story is; She was a teacher in an old one room school house, but she also loved to paint. This location is in Skillet Creek, just outside Baraboo, Wisconsin, and just a way's away from the school house she taught in. My whole family has always been artistic, my own mother was once a fairly well known water-colorist here in the southwest, but I've loved this oil painting all my life. I am fortunate that I have a few items from my grandmothers time; an old original rubber Kewpie doll, some salt & pepper shaker sets (she collected hundreds) an old dresser and an original Jenny Lind spindle bed (stored in the garage).
Now as to the face in the picture, in case you aren't able to see it, here's a graphic of it:
Now scroll back up and see if you can see a face now. Pretty cool, huh? Now, here's an actual "Tin-type" picture of the lady that painted it:
This is Edwin and Stella Hoag taken after their marriage in 1873, in Baraboo Wisconsin. So, that's a little bit of history from my mother's side of the family, but I so wanted to share the painting with you all, as it's very precious to me. I'd also like to share just a quick image of one of my mother's artwork. As I said, she used to be quite a well known artist in her day, and her work is scattered around the world in some private collections. I am blessed enough to have a few of them and this is one of two that I asked her to paint for me. I'll post later on the other one, as it's ancestral and needs it's own post, but please enjoy this one:
Now this watercolor is of an old house in California, somewhere along the route of the "17-mile Drive" between Monterrey and Carmel. I don't know the history of the house, but I fell in love with it. I was in my senior year of high school (77/78) in Visalia, California and my parents, my little sister Jenny and I went for this drive along the coast. It was one of the prettiest rides I've been on, and I thought this house looked like it was in a fairytale, so I snapped a piccy. A few years later, I asked my mom to paint me a picture of it, and voila' here it is! My parents used to own a custom framing business in the late 90's and she custom matted and framed it for me, too! I'm a very blessed person to be able to have such wonderful treasures from my family. My mom captured the essence of the picture I took, as it was a misty/foggy morning when we drove around, and there actually was this huge field of yellow flowers leading up to the house, and it actually looked like the roof was either crooked or broken, but there was smoke coming out of the fireplace so, I guess it was habitable.
So that's it for today, but as I mentioned, I will post later about some of the other artwork I commissioned from my mom........until then, I wish everyone a very happy March 1st and hope it's the start of some better weather for those of you back east.
God Bless and Lot's of hugs,