Thursday, November 12, 2009

Colonial Williamsburg Artwork

One of our favorite things in the two years that we lived in Virginia was our visits to Colonial Williamsburg, especially during the Christmas season. We spent several nights the week of Christmas 2006 in Colonial Williamsburg, including Christmas Eve when the Fifes and Drums marched in their finery, and we sang Christmas songs followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree.

One night that week we stopped in one of the bookstore/shops in the main building on our way out. We always loved browsing there, and they happened to have some Colonial Williamsburg art on display. Since we hadn't bought ourselves a Christmas gift waiting until we found 'just the right thing,' and since my birthday was five days after Christmas, we decided we would purchase the four seasons paintings. We were fortunate that the sales clerk honored the homeschool discount we would normally get for book purchases on the pictures as well.

The artist is Karen Cruden, and these happen to be signed and numbered.




Then right before we left Virginia (when our friends from Illinois came to visit and we took them to Williamsburg), there was a new picture in the shop. It illustrated the Grand Illumination, held the first Sunday of December every year in Colonial Williamsburg. It was our 'leaving Virginia' gift to ourselves.

The individual pictures don't really do them justice. Having to finagle around where the flash didn't leave a glare ended up giving me rather dull pictures. Here are a couple of pictures I took before so you can see where they hang and how big they are.


These are some of my favorite things. I love being able to see them every day, and I spend lots of time in this room between meals and school with the kids.

This post is linked to Show and Tell Friday hosted by Cindy at My Romantic Home.

18 comments:

Mari said...

I love those! What a great gift to yourselves and a wonderful keepsake of Williamsburg.

Lenore said...

Absolutely love your colonial Williamsburg art....I understand the problems of photographing items with a reflection.
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Chari said...

Hi Kayren...

Ohhh...how pretty! What a treasure to have the four seasons of the Colonial Williamsburg art collection! And I love your newest addition as well! They look gorgeous on your wall!!!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful art collection with us today!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Fabulous art!! I would love to visit Williamsburg some day

Hootin' Anni said...

How lovely!!! It makes the room filled with charm!

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Diann said...

They look wonderful as a collection in your home!

Have a great day!

Kristenph said...

I love those and I love Williamsburg too. I've only been once a couple of years ago, but I'm hoping to go again soon.

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Bobbi said...

I love this art. I saw one on Etsy recently of two houses with a hill in the middle and a little girl catching fireflies...made me think of you!

Stephanie said...

What beautiful pictures!

Terra said...

These are lovely pictures, and I enjoyed the story of how you found them and purchased them. These paintings are now family treasures.

Rochelle said...

wow, those are really nice!!! :) i love where you put them.

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

I think your Williamsburg art is so warm, welcoming and homey looking. It makes me want to sit right down and have a cup of tea with you.

The Watts Family said...

Oh those pictures are so cute what a nice little collection of art you have ~Blessings Heather

Mrs Twins said...

Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.
It really was a lovely post!
Hugs and Love Suex
Thanks for stopping by! Pouring of rain here in the UK.

Lora said...

What a great collection! It looks very pretty in your home.

A Little Of This And That said...

These are charming. Thanks for sharing.

Betsy said...

When I was young, our family took a trip to Colonial Williamburg...really neat place! Your post brought back the memories!

Linda McDonald, Inc. said...

Hi,

I love that you bought Karen's artwork. I have been her agent for years and never get tired of people finding and loving her art. You would love Karen; she is as beautiful inside and out as her artwork.

 
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