February 8, 2011

Happy Birthday, Grant Wood

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Grant Wood was born on a farm in Iowa on February 13, 1891.
Wood's rural upbringing influenced his work and helped to define his style throughout his career.

Wood helped to usher in depression-era Regionalism, believing an artist should paint what is around him, what he knows and what he sees.

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The majority of Wood's paintings were of mid-western landscapes, the people who inhabited the mid-west, and the activities in which those people engaged.

American Gothic (We all recognize that one!) is Wood's best known painting.
It hangs in The Art Institute of Chicago.
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Grant Wood's landscapes often included rolling hills, "popcorn" trees and tiny houses.

Young Corn, painted in 1931, was used as the basis for today's tablescape.
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PhotobucketBrio train accessories, green pompoms and short pieces of bamboo skewers are set atop
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Votive tea lights add additional decoration.
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Wooden artist easels support place cards.Photobucket
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Dinner plates, rimmed with a basket weave, continue the rural theme.
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Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and
. . . off on my tangent . . . for Alphabe-Thursday's Letter R. (Regionalism)
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Dinner plates: Home (only marking), Yard Sale
Small salad/butter plate: Sandalwood, coupe, Heathware
Small green bowls: Michael's
Flatware: Hammered pattern, Pottery Barn
Large green goblets: Thrift Shop
Small clear goblets: Libbey's, Target
Artist easels: Aaron Bros.

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31 comments:

  1. Sweet table you created. Love your paper-maché hill you made, painted and decorated for this. It's always great to have a little history added.

    The green bowls are wonderful for this table and look nice with your basket weave plates. Really like th easels for the name cards too.

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  2. Very clever! You put a lot of thought into your scapes, Denise!
    I really like those basket weave plates!

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  3. OA,creating a tablescape based on a painting by Grant Wood??!! I learn so much from your tablescapes! You are amazing and what a terrific job you did! It really does look like the painting. You sure have a lot of neat "toys" that you put to good use by thinking outside the box. I really like the little easels as placecard holders too!

    DD

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  4. Happy Birthday,
    He is remarkable indeed.

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  5. What a great replica of the painting you have created for your table~ love your attention to detail! I'm not familiar with any of Grant Wood's paintings other than American Gothic, thanks for sharing :-)

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  6. wow - great looking tables! Don't know much about art, I also called that style folk art... {:-D

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  7. Superb tables!

    Happy A-Thursday!

    XOXO Lola:)

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  8. Superb tables!

    Happy A-Thursday!

    XOXO Lola:)

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  9. JDaniel would love to play with trains at your table.

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  10. Lovely table and the information about Grant Wood was great.

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  11. Denise , another wonderful tablescape. I want to come stay with you awhile to collaborate and pick your mind. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  12. Happy birthday, Grant!!

    You always come up with the most creative table settings! Great post!

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  14. Amazing! I love how you captured the art through your table!

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  15. Grant Wood did some amazing work...and you have also done some amazing work with this beautiful table scape!!!

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  16. THAT'S the spirit! Go with what's around you!!! I love it!!!!!!!!! Way to go!!!

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  17. Love the paintings, and your tablescape is pretty fabulous too. I am your newest follower. Stop by and visit me too.

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  18. Oh my goodness. Cuteness. Cuteness!!! In October we used American Gothic as the theme to my son's rehearsal dinner (and yes, I blogged about it)!! And by sheer chance, my new daughter in law's maiden name was Grant!! Anyway, I loved your very clever idea. I will have to send this link on to my DIL. Love it. Lori L

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  19. Well done, and interesting, too!

    =)

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  20. So clever and interesting! Happy Alpha-T!

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  21. This is just brilliant -- what fun! You really interpreted your theme beautifully

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  22. I'm impressed! When I finally get around to starting my catering business, I want you to decorate the tables for me!

    lovely....

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  23. What a wonderful post.

    I really enjoyed seeing you interpret his work into the landscape.

    I need to google and see more of his paintings. I have just been stuck on American Gothic and didn't realize his other body of work was so fascinating.

    Thank you for linking to Alphabe-Thursday!

    This post really rocked!

    A+

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  24. Oh, I love all the green...great table.

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  25. You were so clever to use that panting as inspiration and you carried out your theme so well! I remember seeing American Gothic 20+ years ago when it toured to the Guggenheim in NYC, and I was struck by the faces and the brush strokes--it is so impressive in real life. And I was also surprised that it was as small as it is--somehow the painting had become so large in my mind because it is so often seen. Great table! Linda

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  26. This is such a unique tablescape. Lots to look at and just plain charming!!

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  27. This is too cute and so very creative! I absolutely love the little landscape you put together! I love the color green and I think this looks absolutely fabulous :)

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  28. Wow that's a lot of effort and crativity going on there. You set a mean table! I like that you pulled a story from the picture and created the tablescape! Ingenious!~Ames

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  29. I think this may be the most creative table I've ever seen! Bravo!

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