American (Neo-Tudor) Gothic
Our family has an annual Harvest Party tradition that is held at my parents' home each September. Usually I am the official photographer, capturing each moment over the last 10+ years of grandkids hunting for pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, bobbing for apples, or carving their jack-o-lanterns. Some fall seasons are warmer, or dryer, than others.....but this year seemed to be just about perfect.
I think my kids are starting to feel a bit too old for this now. The oldest grandchild has a child of her own now, so I don't think the tradition is in jeopardy.
|The grandkids with mom and dad|
Usually as a way to "wrap-up" the festivities my mom and dad organize a group photo of the grandkids in front of a cornstalk in their front yard, bedecked with pumpkins, gourds, and bales of straw. This year was no different, except for a brief moment after the official photo had been taken. I never really thought of the main front gable of our house as the perfect backdrop for a photo....and not just any photo. I managed to talk my mom and dad into staging what may be one of the best-known paintings in American history, American Gothic by Grant Wood. As I snapped several shots my mom commented that I likely would be posting it on that facebook thing and make fun of them. Hmmm. Well, I did use it as my profile picture for the last month. Grant Wood used a Gothic Revival-style farmhouse in his backdrop for the old farmer couple; I used my parents' Neo-Tudor house they built in 1974 as my backdrop. Add a few props and presto.
Grant Wood is my favorite American artist. I have an original print of his entitled Arbor Day hanging on my office wall. He has a series of prints entitled with the seasons, and it would be awesome to have them in the dining room.....if anyone wants a Christmas gift idea for me.
|The original American Gothic by Grant Wood|