Skip to content

Better Days Behind or Ahead?

I could see this door from quite a distance. The bright red-orange popped against the black painted building. As an avid door lover, I rushed toward it, and when I got my first full view of it, I was unexpectedly moved.

My first impression was “This door’s seen better days” – graffiti, peeling paint, strewn cigarette butts, a broken down stoop. Yet over to the left of the door, one lone spring-green trail of new ivy climbed up the wall. The people I was with had moved on down the street but I was still standing there transfixed. I was having a kinship moment with that door!

I could relate that day to this scene. I’ve also seen some better days – as I age I’m finding more rust and more wear & tear. And yet even though my supposed “better days” have passed, I’ve chosen a new path in the back half of my life. A path that is giving me a sense of renewal and new possibility – my spring-green trail of new ivy.

I took a few photos of this door, and drew it almost immediately. It sat in my drawings inventory for many months, until I saw it again and immediately reconnected to the memory of this moment. As I start another show season, my busiest yet, I chose to paint it to remind me that new growth is always possible.

#124 – Better Days Door, Toronto

 

(2.5″ x 3.5″; ink and watercolour; available June 2nd on my Etsy shop or at local art events)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow Art We Wonderful on WordPress.com

My Etsy Shop

Logo

Upcoming Shows

 

Ive_been_doodlewashed_2
%d bloggers like this: