1.31.2013

Portrait of a New England Family

I have a thing for folk art.  I love a primitive feel. I like art with a heart and a soul, and nothing speaks to me like folk art. Of course when I discovered Audrey Eclectic several years ago, my love of that sort of art deepened. Heather is the artist behind Audrey Eclectic, and she a girl after my own heart. She loves the spooky and the sweet. She has a thing for the past, and creates such haunting, lovely portraits.  

Four years ago I commissioned a family portrait from her, which immediately became a treasure, an heirloom (which you can see here). But four years is such a long time in the life of a kid, and my kids have grown so much since our last one. So, what else to do but commission another?


In this portrait, I asked her to include our village green, specifically the old Congregational church, town hall (historically, it was once the courthouse), and the old schoolhouse. I also asked her include our house, which you can see above my head. I wanted a nighttime, autumn vibe, which she captured perfectly. I also asked for blackbirds, since they hold special meaning for me, as I mentioned in my last post, and they are littered throughout.

But you know what is even cooler?  Let's see if you can spot it.


A ghost! A ghost lady walking around the graveyard, next to the town hall. Do you see her? The idea of adding her came from some experiences I've had with hearing a weeping woman in my house on several occasions. I'll leave that story for another time, but let's just say when you live in an antique house sometimes the past and present collide.

Heather also added lovely touches because she just knows me, pumpkins by the front door and side door of our house, berries in the bushes, autumn leaves, a full moon, and bright stars. I also love the shawl I have draped around my arms and our Regency period clothing. The portrait was more than I could have hoped for!


The kitchen was the perfect place for our portrait.  I get to see it constantly.


Nothing could be better, to me, than to have our family immortalized in a slightly spooky, historic, autumn New England setting. We will always treasure it.


18 comments:

  1. That is amazing!!! Wow! What a treasure!

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  2. You know how much I love your home, just beautiful!

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  3. This is very cool. I love it. But please tell me....where is the clutter in your lovely home?? I would have to do some serous decluttering to get that shot!

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  4. Coming from one who is not usually prone to jealousy, I am soooooo COVETING this portrait. Right down to the ghost woman. Charming, quirky, and PRICELESS.

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  5. Wow Alyson, the portrait is stunning....when I saw it I was tickled that it was your village, your house, your sublties (blackbirds, autumn, ghosts, etc.) in your style! Nothing could be more "Alyson"!!!! She did an amazing job. So awesome. And your house looks gorgeous too in these shots.

    OK, and you HAVE to tell us the weeping woman story....you are killing me here! Can I please just live next door?

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  6. LOVE it! As a matter of fact, I'm strongly considering commissioning one of my own family! Out of curiosity, what size is that and it's a canvas, right?

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  7. Love the painting and I'm loving your whole blog! I too am obsessed with things old and past, with New England, the spooky, Halloween, and historical anything and antique everything. :) Looking forward to reading more posts in the future, and can't wait for that book to come out! Keep it going!

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  8. Aww, it looks awesome, Alyson! I love thinking of something I made living in an old New England home. It was so much fun to make for you-- maybe in 4 year's we'll do another! hehe!
    And yes, I want to hear all about your spooky ghosties, hope they approve of the portrait as well!~

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  9. It looks amazing, Alyson! It's an absolutely gorgeous portrait of your family - and I definitely see the likeness. So sorry it took me so long to find your blog...I still had your old one on my blog reader and couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting any updates!!!! Happy weekend!

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  10. THis is fantastic ...one of the best things I have seen- Do you have a link for her!

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  11. I have wanted a portrait from her for years, since I first saw yours. This one is even better! Amazingly beautiful!

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  12. Was so in love with this when I saw it on Heather's blog! What a gorgeous piece to be treasured!

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  13. I love it! I'm lucky enough to have a painting of my daughter's that Heather did- and I want another! :) She is a wonderful artist.

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  14. What a fun portrait of your family. I love how the artist captured your town and spirit. I remember the first one too.

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  15. This is truly a wonderful, special painting. I love her work - I popped over to see her blog.

    On another note, I can't believe how clean your kitchen is.

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  16. oooo, I just love it! It turned out great and I love all the personalized buildings, icons, etc.

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  17. That family portrait is just incredible! Such a unique image to display in your home, and I love that every element is something meaningful. What a wonderful keepsake!

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