40" x 30"
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
For my daughter
Several years ago, I visited an architectural artifacts store in Chicago, in fact it is called just that: Architectural Artifacts. It was a mind boggling experience---three floors of amazing old things filled with textures and hints of imaginable experiences. I saw this gigantic door and was able to get close enough to photograph it. I knew someday I would paint it.
There is much symbolism related to doors in literature, mythology, religion and art. Being both an entrance and an exit, it can be a passageway to a new beginning or an ending to something, depending on if the door is open or closed. It can symbolize a way out or give a hint at what lies ahead. A closed door can symbolize imprisonment or a dead end. If you notice, this door handle is slightly turned, so being the eternal optimist, I say it is open just a crack, and the possibilities that lie ahead are endless.
I have many large products in the "UFO" category, as one of my artist friends calls UnFinished Objects. In the weeks ahead I hope to get some of them finished including several paintings and a very large quilt that is sprawled out on a bedroom floor, waiting to be stabilized and sewn together.
I may not be painting small with much regularity but you can be sure I will be back to painting daily works as soon as possible. I have struggled with making this decision because I am so afraid of losing momentum.