The House That Built Dana

My super supportive and energetic friend Dana, had me create a series of watercolor renditions of homes that are of great importance to her. I love this idea, because a home has so much sentimental value, yet is obviously too large to carry with you always. We build houses, but really, houses build us. Leaving such memories behind can be hard. A painting however, can be taken with you where you live, and can serve as art, and a memory. Even a story to tell, for others who come in your home.

These photos aren’t styled, just taken with my iphone, ugh I should have planned ahead for this blog post! But this was several months ago. Boo. Anyway, some are cropped too much taking away some of the writing at the bottom, and some have a curved look to them, again, just me taking iphone photos, and not taping the watercolors down first to make a flat surface, and not planning ahead. I’m doing another house painting though for someone else, and will post that with better images next week.

I really enjoyed this project. It was a challenge actually. I paint pretty loosely, and architecture requires some precision. So, I really tried to merge the two. Sort of going for an illustrated suggestion of the home, and not too worried about three dimensional what not.

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I’m in love with her wall color, and those silver frames all perfectly organized on the wall. This is Dana’s dining room, which is the perfect place for these home paintings. Like a home, the dining room makes room for guests and loved ones to gather, talk, and laugh. Oh, and eat.

I’ll leave you with this Miranda Lambert song, “The House That Built Me”. Dana has told me this song really inspired this whole house idea. Even if you don’t like Miranda, I think these lyrics we can all relate to.

I know they say, you can’t go home again
Well, I just had to come back one last time
And Ma’am, I know, you don’t know me from Adam
But these hand prints on the front steps are mine

Up those stairs, in that little back bedroom
Is where I did my homework and I learned to play guitar
And I bet you didn’t know under that live oak
My favorite dog is buried in the yard

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing
Out here it’s like I’m someone else
I thought that maybe I could find myself

If I could just come in, I swear I’ll leave
Won’t take nothing but a memory
From the house that built me

Mama cut out pictures of houses for years
From “Better Homes and Garden” magazine
Plans were drawn and concrete poured
And nail by nail and board by board
Daddy gave life to mama’s dream

You leave home, you move on

And you do the best you can
I got lost in this whole world
And forgot who I am

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing
Out here it’s like I’m someone else
I thought that maybe I could find myself

If I could walk around, I swear I’ll leave
Won’t take nothing but a memory
From the house that built me

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“Dana’s Past Home’s Paintings” is published the Art category of Dahl House Blog.

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4 Comments on “The House That Built Dana

  1. We loves these! After the paintings were up I finally finished the rest if the dining room (after living there for 2.5 yrs). I LOVE the space and the water colors make the whole room. Our whole first floor is open, so you can see these paintings from just about everywhere. We have had a few gatherings since they have been hung and are always a conversation starter. Also, my grandparents home (one that was in the family for 70+ years) was just sold. I spent every holiday there growing up and will cherish the image forever. You are welcome to come take pictures of them anytime! Thanks Lauren!!

  2. This is such a special idea! And you did an amazing job on the paintings Lauren!

  3. These prints are beautiful. Do you do commissioned pieces? Would love to get in contact if you do!

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