March 12, 2008

(133) Welcome!
9 x 12, oil
private collection
As soon as I heard about the "door" challenge for today, I knew this was the door I wanted to paint-- a work of art in and of itself. It belongs to lovely friends who live on a street lined with Victorian homes built in the 1800s. As I painted this, I pondered what life may have been like during an era that was wrought with the absolute best and brightest, including artists Sargeant, Monet, Cassatt, Beaux, Manet, Pissarro, Degas, Sisley, Hawthorne, Henri, and Chase--just to name a few! Some of them were friends who encouraged each other and sometimes painted together. I have to wonder what ideas they could have shared with internet "door projects" as we are doing today!
For instance, would Sargeant have asked his friends' opinion of his painting Madame X before he entered it in the 1884 Paris Salon where it was deemed an outrageous scandal? (and more importantly (giggle), would his artist friends have suggested he paint her strap up or down?)
“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open” Alexander Graham Bell (another notable during this era, he invented the phone in 1876, at the age of 29)
Don't forget to visit all the other links posted on yesterday's blog entry to see the rest of our worldwide exhibit! Ta-ta for now, I'm stepping away from the easel for a long weekend with loved ones. Blessings to all!


Britt-Arnhild said...

Your door brings back childhood grandmother's door.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful painting and I love the idea of all these artists talking and painting together.

We are very lucky to have this medium, the blog, to find like minds and share ideas and art.

thank you!

Leslie said...

Fantastic door painting! How nice it would be to walk through that beautiful set of doors every day!

Ambera said...

Fun painting! It's whimsical, i like it a lot!

Sara said...

I like your door! And that sounds like a wonderful street of houses to visit; there's nothing quite like a Victorian house. I'd be in heaven walking along an entire street full of them.

This is my first visit to your blog; I'm very impressed with your one painting a day goal! I enjoyed our other artwork in the previous posts too.

Elizabeth said...

This is such an evocative door.
so glad you could join us.
The child with a sled is a delight too.

Sherry ~ Cherie ~ ms. herbes de provence said...

You have gone back to an era in time to recreate, what you see every day, but in your own interpretation -- perhaps you channelled the muse of those artists of that time period!

Frank Gardner said...

I knew that you would "paint" a door Faye. It is a wonderful door and well painted. Just the right amount of detail.
You are right about sharing through the blogs. I have met more great people than I could have imagined when I started blogging.
Have a great long weekend.

Anonymous said...

Lovely painting. Lovely.


FCP said...

Thanks to all who have visited, I appreciate all the kind comments.

artbymj said...

What a great and fun idea - I love it! The detail and intricacies of your door represent the Victorian era so well. I'm kinda feeling like my front door is pretty boring right now!!! :0)

Jack Riddle said...

Faye--nice work. I'm ready to go up there and knock. A maid would announce me. Offer me tea...ah well, you've got me going. Thanks, Jack

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Lovely painting, and beautiful doors!