They’re Still Doors [Thursday Doors]

How would you like to live in a house whose windows you were unable to open and the only way to enter the house was through the door at the second floor? And it seems it may have some problems with the pipes. As you probably guessed it was a make believe scenario that I came up with when I first saw this arrangement. (more…)

To Hide or Reveal [What Mask Are You Wearing?]

People have worn masks since the beginning of time and for various reasons. Venetians wore masks to get away with gambling debts, negotiate love and business deals, or enter convents without being recognized. Ashamed bankrupt nobles used masks to beg in the street and married women were allowed in theaters only if they were masked. In modern times, masks have been mostly used for entertainment. (more…)

Thursday Doors 

This is my first post about doors. The ones I found are from my first trip to New Orleans in the little time I had available to visit.


Lust For Life [Van Gogh book and movie]

Vincent van Gogh’s struggle with madness during his short life of 37 years did not stop his strong desire to paint. Painting was his best way to express his feelings, emotions, and personal perception of reality. He said: “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” Even though he was not given too much attention as an artist while he was alive he worked extremely hard to improve his technique. He was convinced that he could paint despite his lack of success in selling his paintings. He said: “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”  (more…)

It Was An Unexpected Invite [inside a historic home in New Orleans]

One day before I left New Orleans, I had decided to drive around and take pictures of some beautiful historic homes. At one point, my camera got stuck. While I was trying to adjust it, a man came over to me.


There Were Others Before Matisse [The Romanian Blouse]

Romanians were very proud when Yves Saint Lauren used a Matisse painting motif in a modern ensemble at his fashion show in 1981. The very well known 20th Century French painter became interested in the Romanian blouse or ‘ia’ when one of his friends, a Romanian painter, introduced him to the Romanian folklore. He painted La Blouse Romaine or The Romanian Blouse in 1940 and represented this motif in other paintings. He actually became obsessed with this blouse and created several drawings when he got ill and was unable to paint as well as he had done before.  (more…)

One Summer Day in the Country [Nicolae Vermont, Romanian painter]

Romania’s countryside has been an inspiration to writers, poets, musicians, painters, and other artists predominantly in the past two centuries. Any traveler visiting Romania today can’t wait to get a taste of it. Instead of relying on modern photography and/or film to share some of the country’s rustic life, I thought that it would be more interesting to find out how it looked thorough the eyes of a painter. That was when I learned about Nicolae Vermont.


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