Friday, November 14, 2014

Sweet Homes

Thankfully abandoned buildings in the Hamptons are a rarity. Most structures here are meticulously cared for and cherished. One example is the Thomas Halsey House on main street in Southampton.
This rare "first period" house was built in 1660 when Main Street, in the pioneer hamlet of Southampton, was first laid out. Its owner, Thomas Halsey, was one of the original families who bought property from the Shinnecocks in 1640. Believed to be the oldest English-style house in New York State. via the Southampton Historical Museum 

In East Hampton, the 1700s family home of John Howard Payne, ambassador, actor, playwright and composer of the Home Sweet Home is now the beautifully curated Home Sweet Home Museum.
"Home, Sweet Home" on James Lane was built in the early 1700's and is the most distinguished lean-to or "saltbox" in East Hampton. It is a vivid reminder of what homes were like in the early English settlement. The home was lived in by relatives of John Howard Payne, the composer of the lyrics to the popular song, "Home Sweet Home" and may have been the inspiration for his song. via 
The "Home Sweet Home" Cottage East Hampton Long Island
20 3/4" x 24" 1916 oil on canvas
by Frederick Childe Hassam (1859 - 1935)
MFA St. Petersburg Florida via
A beloved home often inspires a house portrait. I discovered artist Barbara Bellin this summer at the Hampton Classic. Bellin specializes in home portraiture. I love her creative uses of the portrait. 
Janet Bellin's site here
If you ask, I would wager that just about any artist that you ask would enjoy the challenge of a house portrait commission. Do ask an artist that you love. Of course you could always cheat. There's an app for that!
My Halsey House photo "painted" by the Waterlogue app.


  1. I would like an Ipad..just for Waterlogue..:)

    I love looking at houses..guess that's why I was a realtor for almost 30 yrs:)

  2. I love discovering a home's history and seeing how its residents have made it their own. Waterlogue is fun to play with, though better at landscape than portrait.

  3. I love paintings of houses. The Hamptons has the kind of houses that an artist would want to paint. Thanks for sharing some of these treasures!


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