Saturday, May 17, 2008

Collection of Old Doors


Moleskine watercolour sketchbook
Lamy pen with sepia ink and watercolour wash

A quick sketch. This one was done perched on my backpack stool. When a lady up the hill behind me emptied her mop bucket I made a hasty retreat.

And here are some more doors I strolled past on my way home.






26 comments:

Susan's Scribbles said...

Great sketch! And wonderful doors. They really do inspire one to grab the brushes and paint.

laura said...

Charming sketch! The photos are great--makes me want to paint doors too!

mARTa said...

Aside from the beautiful sketch and super photos; it's the visual in my head at your description of your outing. A whole story is laid out before me when I included my imagined visuals. I of course place myself on a stool at your side as we engage in quiet conversation whle we see and paint.

Robyn said...

Susan - Thank you.

Marta - And we'll do it too! I was such a wimp not to sketch with you in the cold in Florence last year.

df said...

wow, that last photo is stunning. and thanks for sharing your art show with us. It all looks so wonderful.

Lin said...

ROBYN!!! These are FABULOUS!!! Such stories behind each and every one!! I LOVE YOUR sketch -- and I so hope you'll be painting these as well!!! LOVE THEM!!! MORE MORE!

Anita Davies said...

LOL @ the old lady emptying her mop bucket.
Great doors!!!

Stacy said...

I have door envy! The doors here are so boring in comparison. sniff.

Your sketch is lovely! And I hope you made your retreat before being over taken by mop water.

Casey Klahn said...

Nothing is level in Tuscany, eh?

Glad you had the show and it was a delight to see.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Old towns in Italy or France always do that to me too - I always end up wanting to sketch the doors. They just look so interesting compared to ours!

Nice sketch Robyn - I'll look forward to seeing more :)

Toni said...

I love images of old doors. I can visualize them in mixed media art. Love the sketch and the image of you sitting on the stool prior to the mop bucket flood. :)

laureline said...

I love these, Robyn. Doors are such potent symbols. I especially like the feeling of being on the threshold, neither out nor in. And that reminds me of the Milne poem about halfway up the stairs. But I digress.
Ronell had done some sketches of doors in her Loire Valley town recently. You two are lucky to have such doors of character! My local doors are pretty yawn-worthy.

katie jane said...

I so love your collection of old doors! I recently posed the question "Why do humans have such an attraction to doors?"

I have decided to do a series on door, windows, and walls on my blog.

Of course, your door have so much more history in and behind them. They are fantastic.

caseytoussaint said...

Very nice! Reminds me a bit of a post of old doors that Ronell did once - hmm, that would have been a good theme or a sketchbook....

Robyn said...

Thank you all. Doors are so popular - I guess because they represent hospitality, secrets, security - all sorts of things.

Laura & Casey - I saw Ronell's beautiful watercolours of doors. And yes Casey, it would be a great theme - I was rather hoping Ronell might....... ;)

Jeanette said...

What great doorways! I can see you sketching them in graphite, painting them in watercolour or oil. There are so many possibilities.

Here, it seems the doors are so mundane in comparison

Wendee said...

I've loved your paintings, but seeing the doors is quite a treat today! Thanks for posting them all!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Robyn - you may want to check out the blog of Angus McEwan, the bloke who won second prize in the big watercolour competition over here in the UK - he's been doing old doors too! See my post today for the link.

Joan said...

Anita, I love the sketch of the old door!!! Good texture and color on it. Italy has such wonderful doors and windows...each has its own character and charm.

africantapestry said...

I wrote a whole story...twice, and worpress complained because I wan'st signed in and just rudely threw me off! Now I'm too tired and first need a coffee..will be back later.(Perhaps it did go through after all)
ciao
ronell

juj said...

Simply beautiful Robyn - all of it - the photos, the story and especially the painting.

"JeanneG" said...

I guess there is more than one way to make someone scat. Great job. Love the stone and brickwork. Just enough detail. The other doors are great. I love looking at them but they seem like they are not inviting anyone to open them. But so much character. Makes you wonder what goes on behind them.

Lor Lor said...

I love doors too, I can't help but imagine the people who have passed through them. Lovely work, lovely photographs.

Lor Lor said...

I love doors too, I can't help but imagine the people who have passed through them. Lovely work, lovely photographs.

Mim said...

Doors make wonderful paintings, or photographs...or drawings. Everyone loves doors, and their anticipation. Thanks for sharing - and love the post on the art exhibit - what wonderful work there was...and I love the Dead Fish!

quirkyartist said...

I love doors too! When I was last in Europe I was looking at them all the time. I didn't make them 'my thing' because my cousin, who is also an artist, was living in Switzerland, and I felt that Swiss doors were more her thing, because she lived there. However right at the end she said that door were my thing, and I wished I'd taken more photos of them.

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