Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hawkins Homestead

This past winter, a man came into my sister's barbershop for a haircut.  As he sat there in her barber chair, he was admiring the mural I had painted on the walls of her barbershop.  He told her he wanted me to do a painting of his boyhood home.  I met with him shortly after that.  He thought the old place was still standing so I drove from Mooreland to Ft. Cobb to find the old house so I could take photographs from which to draw the house.  Unfortunately, it had been torn down about a year earlier.\

Luckily I had some old photographs and was even able to find a blurry picture of the house on Google Earth before it had been torn down.  All of the photographs were missing the front porch so I had to improvise.  In the planning process, Mr. Hawkins decided he didn't want a painting but preferred a pencil drawing.  He wanted the house in one picture with two separate pictures on the of the windmill and stock tank and one of the barn.

This is the finished house....

This is the barn....

And the windmill....


  1. Kelli,

    This house brings back memories. It looks much like my grandparent's house, except theirs was built up on blocks with a raised front porch and stairs leading up. you're a good artist. I like drawing, crafting, and writing also and have been doing it all my life. I subscribed to both your blogs.


  2. Sunni, thank you for your words. I am glad the house brings back memories. My early years were spent in southwest and northwest Oklahoma. These drawings bring back a lot of memories for me as well. The landscape was and is scattered with old houses, barns, and windmills.