9 x 12, oil
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!