Long before our son was born (before I even was pregnant with him actually). I bought a bunch of vintage framed prints of some sketches of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin. I thought they would be perfect some day if we ever had a little blonde son like I had been picturing. They now hang in our son’s room (you can see his room here on my lifestyle blog), and are so special to me. When we were battling infertility, somehow those little prints cheered me up and reminded me to keep positive that some day we would be parents.
One of the sketches in particular had a staircase that looked exactly like the stairs at my grandparents’ old house. I would have loved to have been able to replicate that sketch with our son at my grandparents’ house, but they are no longer here and their house was sold. As I’ve been thinking about how to somehow create this photo with our son, I remembered going to a birthday party at a friend’s house back in grammar school, and the house was the identical floor plan to my grandparents’ house, even though it was almost an hour away from my grandparents’ house. I contacted the mother of my former classmate, and she was kind enough to let us come take some photos on her staircase.
I wanted to get a photo of our son dragging Pooh down the stairs, like in the sketch, but apparently our son thought it was more fun to push Pooh down the stairs, and drag him back up. Either way, I am totally in love with this image. It brings back a feeling of comfort, nostalgia, and my own fond childhood memories with the way it looks just like my grandparents’ house.
After taking the photo, I decided to convert it to a digital painting so it was more similar to the original sketch. There are four more sketches in the collection…it will be an interesting challenge to try to replicate all of them!