Kerrie Woodhouse

Whimsical words and watercolour

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The Meaning of Home

Series of the MonthKerrie Woodhouse

The first home I painted this month was so nestled in its environment. As though the trees and gardens held the home in a safe embrace, much like the walls of the home hug the familiy within.

 
Home no 1 - Nestled (Pen and Wash, on paper, 6"x 8")

Home no 1 - Nestled (Pen and Wash, on paper, 6"x 8")

 

That’s what home is to me.

Layers of comfort and security.

Safety and belonging. A place where all is familiar and you have what you need.

 
Home no 2 - Belong (Pen and Wash, on paper 6 x 8 inches)

Home no 2 - Belong (Pen and Wash, on paper 6 x 8 inches)

 

Cozy places to curl up with a book. The smell of a chicken roasting in the oven. The chatter and laughter of children over the soft purr of the ever churning washing machine.  

 
Home no 10 - Sheltered (Pen and wash, on paper 6 x 8 inches)

Home no 10 - Sheltered (Pen and wash, on paper 6 x 8 inches)

 

Home is where you find your way easily even in the dark, you know every part of it like the back of your hand.

 
Home no 6 Hilltop (Pen and Wash on paper 6 x 8 inches)

Home no 6 Hilltop (Pen and Wash on paper 6 x 8 inches)

 

Your hand drops the keys in the bowl by the door, of its own accord, never missing despite your lack of attention to the task, so well do you know the space and your place in it.

 
Home no 3 Snug (Pen and Wash on paper, 6"x 8")

Home no 3 Snug (Pen and Wash on paper, 6"x 8")

 

Skipping the stair that squeaks is such second nature you don't even realise you are doing it.

 
Home no 4 Welcome (Pen and Wash, on paper 6"x8")

Home no 4 Welcome (Pen and Wash, on paper 6"x8")

 

Because of this comfortable familiarity with the physical building and its contents, it's easy to start thinking that it is the house itself that is the home.

 
Home no 8 - Safe (Pen and wash, on paper 6 x 8 inches)

Home no 8 - Safe (Pen and wash, on paper 6 x 8 inches)

 

But I have moved around so much I have learned that it is not the physical space that makes the home. 

 
Home no 5 Sanctuary (Pen and Wash, on Paper, 6"x 8")

Home no 5 Sanctuary (Pen and Wash, on Paper, 6"x 8")

 

Surprising, really how quickly we can start applying the label home to an unfamiliar space. 

 
Home no 9 Retreat (Pend and Wash, on Paper, 6"x 8")

Home no 9 Retreat (Pend and Wash, on Paper, 6"x 8")

 

The sanctuary of home is an idea - a feeling that is made in our hearts and minds. It is when we bring that feeling to the bricks and mortar that accommodate us and let it breathe life into the space that the shell can become the embodiment of our home. 

 
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My vicarious house hunting trip

Series of the MonthKerrie Woodhouse

I decided to sketch buildings this month because I had noticed a trend towards drawing a single subject with no background or context. Sketching a building and the street in which it sits seemed a nice way to get my head back into composing a whole picture. It also ended up being something of a vicarious house hunting trip. I mean, I could live here, couldn't you?

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Actually that seems like an idyllic place for a weekend break, I think.  Perhaps something a little more urban, for everyday living... like this...

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I would pop down to this little street for a bit of shopping in a heartbeat. I can't help but think there must be a lovely little restaurant behind that arched window... wonder what's on the menu...

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I was inspired by the Craftsy course taught by Stephanie Bower called Perspective for Sketchers. I learned so much. For example, I hadn't actually thought about how the vertical edges of tall buildings are just another set of converging parallel lines when viewed from below, in a worm's eye view. Like in these castle ruins, those tall turret edges seem to lean into one another in the sky adding to that feeling of their height. By the way, if you are getting started with adding perspective to your drawings, this might be helpful.

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I love these sort of discoveries. It's one of the reasons I took up drawing. Funny how you can look at something without really seeing it. Sit down and try to draw that thing and you will see so much more of it. Try it, please. You might be amazed at how much appreciating these tiny details in the world around us adds to our every day lives.