Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NOSTALGIA, AMERICAN BUNGALOW, RETRO, CRAFTSMAN STYLE 8x10-inch ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING by Tom Brown

 
 
 

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“AMERICAN DREAM” 8x10 ORIGINAL OIL
by TOM BROWN

I enjoy collecting old magazines and books, and while browsing through a 1908 issue of "Craftsman" magazine (see photo above), I was inspired to create a series of paintings featuring American Bungalows.

A bit of history: Between 1901 and 1916 Gustav Stickley published this artistic magazine which included plans for the simple, economical, and extremely popular Bungalow.

Around the turn of the century these small houses were taking America by storm. They helped fulfill many Americans’ wishes for their own home, and they symbolized for many the best of the good life.

Bungalows promoted the idea that simplicity and artistry could harmonize in one affordable house while allowing families to live close to nature with charming hand-crafted style.

And that nostalgic feeling is what I wanted to recapture in this painting.

If my art makes your day a bit brighter, or brings back a treasured memory, or gives you a moment's respite from the hectic pace of life, then I've succeeded to some small degree.

Thanks for looking
Tom Brown
tombrownstudio@cox.net

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