The House on the Hill

"Maybe I am not very human - What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on 
the side of a house." - Edward Hopper

"Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this 
inner life will result in his personal vision of the world." - Edward Hopper

"I think we're all in our private traps, clamped in them, and none of us can ever
get out. We scratch and we claw, but only at the air, only at each other, and for
 all of it, we never budge an inch." - Norman Bates, Psycho

Are you a fan of Edward Hopper? Have you seen Psycho? Do you watch Bates Motel? If you can answer yes to any of those than you’ve seen this house.

Believe it or not this painting by Edward Hopper, House by the Railroad, inspired the house in the Alfred Hitchcock film, Psycho.

Then Bates Motel came along as a prequel to Psycho, and held true to the original architecture.

I love Edward Hopper and film noir, so this fact is fascinating to me.

I finally finished the 2nd season of Bates Motel. I still have season 3 to catch up on. The show definitely keeps your attention, while also making you a tad uncomfortable at every turn. A genre I like? Of course. But whether I like this particular show, I still haven’t decided.

What I do know is that I love the imagery of the house, and Norma Bates eerily looking out the 2nd story window.

Ray Keim, over at Haunted Dimensions, skillfully, impressively, designed a paper model of the Bate’s mansion. I printed it, put it together, posed it, lit it and photographed it.[email protected]/18535975558/in/dateposted-public/

[Linking to – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One Item or the Number 1, A Lingering Look at Windows & Word’s Crush Wednesday]

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  1. I have never watched the Bates Motel because I could barely stand watching Psycho. I’m a real scaredy cat when it comes to scarey movies! But I love your house! I am always amazed at the patience it must take to create are like this! I don’t have that kind of patience! Great job!!

  2. Have you seen this house as part of the Universal studios tour in LA? I think it was the most memorable thing from that tour (okay, the ET ride was pretty cute too). How it perches there, surrounded by so many other buildings (this was decades ago, possibly it has collapsed since – hopefully not). I liked the original film and this painting very much.

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