It was a nice opportunity to paint at the boyhood home of T.C. Steele. Theodore Clement Steele (September 11, 1847 – July 24, 1926) was an American Impressionist painter known for his Indiana landscapes. Steele was an innovator and leader in American Midwest painting and is considered to be the most important of Indiana’s Hoosier Group painters. He is Timothy Shelly’s grandfathers’ brother. Tim and Margaret Shelly renovated the historical property in hopes of honoring TC Steele and his legacy in painting.
I arrived early traveling from Harrison Ohio. About a two and half hour journey. As part of the IPAPA group, Indiana Plein Air Painters I was able to participate in this paint out.
It is always nice to visit the home of a painter. Get the vibes and feel for some of the things that may have inspired him as a painter. I fixated on the building at once. Touring the home looking for a few things to make into a painting. Noticing the light hitting the side of the home by the side entrance. I knew that would be my first painting. The upstairs offered a chair nicely positioned in a corner. This would offer me local tone painting. Lastly was the patterning of the doors and yellow wall in the main room when you first walked in the home. I had plenty to paint. I hope TC would be pleased. I felt the creative energy of the surroundings accompanied with many of my emotions and memories of my Grandfathers old home.
Margaret and Tim purchased T.C.’s Chair.
T. C. Steele’s boyhood home is located at 110 South Cross St., Waveland, Indiana. Thank you Tim and Margaret for your hospitality and vision.