As I mentioned last week, we went to see two Medieval Villages while we were in Spain. Today I am sharing the second: Peratallada (the link at left leads to a really nice article describing the village and its history).
You may have noticed that I took a lot of photos of doors. They are one of the things that I'm always drawn to photograph. I feel like doors are full of stories. There's something about them that's full of character and it always feels to me like something or someone could emerge from the door at any moment!
I took a quick peek into the symbolism of doors (interesting articles here and here and here) and it made me wonder why I don't paint more doors? Actually, that's an inaccurate statement. It should say: Why I don't paint doors? Because I can't remember ever drawing a picture of a door. It seems odd that I've never chosen it as a subject of a painting or drawing since I love to photograph doors!
Actually, this brings my thoughts around to an important notion I've been noodling on: I often draw and paint based on photos I find online or in magazines. But, I recently heard a watercolor artist lecture about how working from photographs you didn't take makes the ensuing art not original.
I paused when I first heard that.
My immediate reaction was vehement disagreement. But, noodling on it, I have to say that I have come to agree with her. And I don't want my work to be anything but original. My inevitable conclusion is that I need to start working from my own photographs.
Some of these door photographs seem like a fine place to start!
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