Wednesday, November 18, 2009

T. C. Steele's Home and Studio

I thought I'd show you one of the places we visited last weekend on the outskirts of Brown County Indiana. We visited the home and studio of T. C. Steele (1847-1926). He was the founding member of the Brown County Art Colony and built his home there on 2,000 acres of abandoned farm land. He was an extremely prolific painter during his lifetime and when he died on 1926, his wife Selma lived there for another 17 years. When she died, she donated the entire property to the State of Indiana.
Here is just one of his many paintings. The guide made me turn off the flash, but there is just one example of his work. This was taken in the parlor or his home.
And here is his wonderful studio. He painted by natural light in those days, hence the huge windows. This was his dream studio and one can see why.

My brother and I took a workshop and painted on this property about four years ago. The views are amazing because of all the hills and valleys.
And this is a view of his home. If you ever get to Nashville, Indiana, make sure you go to this spot and take the guided tours. It was truly inspiring!


Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

What a great post! I love seeing where other artists lived and worked. His studio looks dreamy!

Karen said...

I've been wanting to go there! Thanks for posting this. Yes his studio does look amazing!

neetzy said...

What a great studio! I'm jealous!

susan hong-sammons said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures and information. Steele is one of my favorites. I had no idea they host workshops.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Great post! Thanks so much for sharing this Janelle. The studio space looks great...we all love natural light.

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Wow, this is inspiring! Yes, that barn/studio would be my dream studio too! I'll bet you couldn't wait to get back home and grab your paintbrush.
Your last two paintings are beautiful. The small one is a gem in that frame. I hope selling them is going well for you . . .

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Diane, Dreamy is a great way to describe it!

Hi Karen, You would probably love it there too. the views are amazing!

Hi Neetzy, I'm jealous too!

Hi Susan, I'm glad you're familiar with his work! When my brother and I painted there, it was with a workshop hosted by Robert Hoffman and we painted all over the area. But I know they offer a competitive paint-out in the spring.I'd like to find out more about it.

Hi Kathleen, Yes, I agree that natural light is the best!

Hi Joan, Thanks, I've sold a few small ones on eBay. I'm still figuring the whole thing out!

Celeste Bergin said...

what a studio! I want it! Thanks for sharing your visit..I really enjoyed it. :)

Victor Errington said...

Hi Janelle.
Brilliant Idea to send photos of
ones trips. Thank you, and all the best.

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