Monday, January 23, 2012

One Story House




























If houses could tell stories, this decrepit cottage in Isabella, Missouri would probably write a pretty good book.  For years it fronted Missouri State highway 80, which later became US Highway 160.

Several years ago, a former owner, wanting to free himself from the tax liability, and to claim a charitable contribution on his income tax, donated the house to the local art league.  They were ecstatic, until they got the termite report.  The place was riddled with termites.

Two art league officials came to Don at his real estate office for advice.  After discussing the problem, Don asked them, "Is there any way you can give it back?"

The Art League Official, saddened by the suggestion, replied: "But we so wanted to have it open to the public for the display of our member's paintings."

Don paused.  "Well, in that case," he said, "tell your artists not to use any wooden frames."

Apparently, the officials failed to see the twinkle in Don's eye, and on that note, the meeting ended rather abruptly.

The art show never came off, and the league eventually got rid of the building, which, by some miracle, is still standing.  Maybe it's waiting for one more story.









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Texture by Kim Klassen




33 comments:

Horst in Edmonton said...

What a beautiful little cottage. Makes for great images.

Nadege, said...

A delightful little cottage. Your images would make wonderful postcards.

Mona said...

OMG! This is soooo beautiful!

Cedar said...

Really great work! Lovely building! Interesting story to go with it, too!

cathy @ma vie trouvee said...

Such beautiful colors and textures.

Kia and Zeno said...

Such a beautiful little cottage! Beautiful edit :)

Kaylene said...

What a mean man, your images are wonderful.

Sweepy said...

Woof!
Why can't they remove termites? Keeper sprays vinegar so we don't get fleas so maybe you can spray something to make the pests leave and have some art show there! Now what will happen to works of art dogs like me?!!

JP Beth said...

I can't stop looking at the image...love it. And really liked reading your story about the old house.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Lovely cottage, great story and beautiful painting of same~

Wanda said...

What a beautiful old building. It's a shame it can't be put to some use--an art gallery would have been perfect! Maybe its still standing, waiting for someone with really deep pockets to come along and fix it.

Connie Smiley said...

I'd love to say this was a painting, Mary, but it's a photoshop filter.

S. Etole said...

Love the art you made from these.

termite control los angeles said...

Fantastic work. This is amazing.

Connie Smiley said...

And Kaylene, Don's not mean, just funny. He was trying to inject some humor into an impossible situation.

JillsyGirl said...

If for nothing else, it certainly offers great subject matter for photogs! I just love your processing on both!

pens and needles said...

I've seen that wonderful old house many times and thought how picturesque it is. But I've never seen it looking as lovely as it looks in your two images....just wonderful!

Pat said...

Beautiful processing on both images!

lisa said...

Gosh, that's sad Connie, especially since this is such a nice little cottage. Too bad something could not have been done with it, but from what I've heard, once termites take hold...

Both of these images are just beautiful. The second one looks like a wonderful painting.

Thank you so very much for sharing with us this week at The Creative Exchange.

Have a fantastic day!

lisa.

sarayutouched said...

i feel the same way...if this screen door could talk...the hands that have touched it...etc. etc. love your photo. it is beautiful

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Oh how I wish I could paint. Love it. V

Anki said...

Wonderful picture's

DebC said...

Both of these photos are great!
And a funny story to go with them.
:)

Ruth said...

great story! And I love that first image especially

June Scott said...

Fabulous texture work, Connie! I love old buildings, for many reasons, but the stories they keep is definitely one of them! Blessings.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

I truly enjoy shooting these old places & it's nice to finally get a story w/ one of them! Thanks so much for sharing it! =)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Excellent post-processing, especially I like the first one.

Regards and best wishes

EG Wow said...

LOVELY! You are wonderfully creative.

Jennifer Richardson said...

hauntingly beautiful:)
-Jennifer

Jodi said...

Hey Connie, nice to meet you! I'm so glad you stopped by. Now I can visit your place. I always think of the Ozarks as a romantic place, probably because some of the books I've read. I'll be back to see more of your art.

Lutiemom said...

Really, it takes an artist to illuminate the beauty that others precariously pass over. So thankful to have you illuminating the Ozarks!

Kim@Starry Sky Ranch said...

I love both treatments but the color and texture on that second one is truly superb! Wonderful job.

Barb said...

Wonderful story and photos!