The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

American Gothic

From the Archives - Iowa 2012

Seeing the covered bridges of Madison County (yesterday's post) was one thing but I really enjoyed being able to see the house featured in the famous painting by Grant Wood.
You couldn't go into the house for someone lives in it presently,

but they do have a very nice visitors center next door.

Now does the house seems familiar?

 This is an interesting read if you wish to do so.
Click on the images to enlarge and read easier.

 The two people used for the painting.  
At least read the The Models for the Painting in the above sign.
Still grumpy after all those years.


  1. I wouldn't be happy when I had a brother who painted me like that dull girl :) The dentist however didn't feel happy either I read. It has become a famous painting and it has something intriguing.

  2. And then to think its only one window to make the style. Nice post John.

  3. I enjoyed this post, John. Fun to see the photos of the house and models as well as the famous painting.

  4. Really interesting, John. The painting now takes on new meanings for me.

  5. John, how fun to read something I knew nothing about except to see the picture in its complete stage. Nice to know the background.

  6. i love that the house actually exists! the two models made ME smile, even if they didn't. :)

    i have a magnet on my fridge with an 'updated' version of iowans - both gabbing on their cell phones.

  7. Wow... I knew none of this. How very interesting!!

  8. Oh, wow, never even thought about the house still being there.


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