The other evening my husband and I were out gathering photos at the arboretum and he wanted to show me Acorn Hall. It wasn’t open, but we had a walk around the grounds. The weather was kind of stormy and the sky was gorgeous.
It is a very attractive building and I hope to see the inside soon. I’m guessing there are some lovely doors inside, too.
To see more photographs of doors and the stories behind them check out Norm 2.0.
Last night and this morning I went to the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and took pictures of leaves and flowers. I like to see what the difference in light does for the photo. I also took pictures of my hydrangeas. These flank my front door.
I like how different these look. To me, the top one is about the interaction between light and blooms and the bottom one is more about the textures of the flower. I hope you have a beautiful day.
WordPress has kindly reminded me that I have now been blogging on Lunanista for 4 years. It started as an easy communication with a geographically distant friend and has become so much more.
This was the beginning of my altered art gratitude journal. I was telling my friend about my art journal and she wanted to see pictures and here they all are after so many posts. The first year I had 269 visitors and at first I was mystified about how they found me. Since then I have found some wonderful groups that have helped me connect with people who have similar interests and concerns.
An early photography influence and the flower of the day Diva is Cee’s Photography.
My new friend Claudia McGill turned me on to making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and inspired me with her painting and poetry.
And most recently I have discovered others who are as crazy about photographs of doors as I am! Thanks Norm 2.0!
Want to hear something else that’s kind of crazy? I have had 1,679 visitors so far this year! I have been so grateful for this blog that started as a record of my gratitude and a way to deal with pain and disability. It became the practice ground for my life as an artist! Thank you for all your likes and comments. I appreciate every one. Please check out my professional art blog at Jeanette Clawson Art! Let’s make something beautiful!
Yesterday I had a cavity filled and trips to the dentist are major migraine triggers for me. Also, last week it was cool enough to sleep under the down comforter and this week we are pining for our window air conditioners. My computer is a desktop and it is located in the upstairs room that is becoming my studio. The heat is also a migraine trigger for me so I’ve been either packed in ice in bed or in a camping chair in the basement to make it through the day. In any case I wanted to give you a peak at the Breakers, one of the Newport, RI mansions we visited on our trip there.
This is the gate to the house. Pretty fancy. Here is the description from the Newport Mansions Preservation Society.
“The Breakers is the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages” and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America.“
While I love the doors and textures and interesting architectural features, I have to say that this one kind of bothered me. The Buddhist teacher Atisha said, “Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment.” I wasn’t sure it was resentment I was feeling, but to have doorknobs like these kind of seems like such conspicuous consumerism that I feel a little bit nauseated. On the other hand, its pretty.
The door itself is so lovely, too. Next week when the air conditioner is in and I’m feeling physically and emotionally better I will post the loveliness that is The Breakers, but for more beautiful door photographs without the emotional baggage see Norm 2.0.
I hope you have a temperate and beautiful day.
Here are my doors from Narragansett. They are to share in Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors Challenge.
These are the doors to the towers. The first picture is the entry to the visitor’s center for the town.
Most of the houses in Narragansett range from multi-million dollar mansions to little bungalows that look like they’ve been here for a while. This old house was about a block from the Crazy Burger Restaurant and I really loved it. The house was abandoned a while ago and this has to be some valuable real estate and here was an overgrown mystery.
Our hotel in Narragansett was right across from the beach. I’m almost reluctant to share, because it was such a wonderful little gem. But here it is.
Here is the path to the beach.
I got the beach in a few different kinds of light. I was looking forward to our sunrises, but they were so foggy and dark and not photogenic. It was lovely in the evening.
I love the variation in textures and colors. This was the view from our bed. Not too much traffic this time of year, so it was lovely.
The path to the beach and this bridge to Newport are my entries to Cee’s Which Way Challenge. The fog was present more of the day than I expected. I’m learning the ways of the Atlantic Ocean. It has been beautiful where ever we have seen it.
I hope you have a beautiful day.
I’m in love. With Narragansett, RI. I’m sure I’m saying this about somewhere after each trip we have taken to some new corner of the East Coast, but this place really resonated with me. And it had a fantastic restaurant with lots of gluten free options! We went there for 2 meals in the 2 days we were in town! We loved the Anchor Hotel, right across the street from the shore – I have some photos of that which will be included in my Thursday Doors post.
A lovely shoreline.
A seagull (or gulls) who insisted on posing for photos in the atmospheric setting and on the hilarious sign (with edits) Click on photo above to read the sign. I thought Cee would like this sign and the benches.
It is funny how my blogging friends come with my on vacation now, even when I don’t go online. I’m saving some door photos for Thursday Norm.
The most distinctive thing about Narragansett was the tower!
I hope you enjoyed your virtual vacation.
Here is the inspiring location for the 27th Certified Zentangle® Teacher training seminar that I attended last week. Tomorrow I plan to have a Thursday Doors post and a post all about the wonderful seminar and the art I created while there. In the meantime, here is the class photo.
You can also see the gorgeous ballroom at the Providence Biltmore. I have quite a few photos of the hotel, our views from the hotel, and the neighborhoods near the hotel. It really is a lovely city.
These are the views from my lovely suite that I shared with an artist named Donna from Montana and some of the views are from the hotel’s banquet dining room. We had some lovely foggy/raining days that were perfect for arting inside.
Here are some views from the inside of the hotel. I thought about saving the letter box “door” for a solo spot on the Thursday Doors post, but I have too many interesting doors that I collected on this trip! So I will share a few today and the rest tomorrow. There may be some redundancy in the posts, but when interesting architecture is the subject can a view be seen too many times?
I love the “wicked awesome” light fixture at the bottom of the mosaic. Also, you can see some public art that is painted on the fences around the plaza. It was really hard to photograph, but so cool to see as you walked past it! There are gondolieri, bridges, and tulips adorning the river. This is going to serve as another Which Way Challenge post for Cee. At the corner of Benefit and Benevolent Streets is the Unitarian Church with it’s beautiful magnolia tree. The very first Baptist church in this country is also featured above. That is all for today. I’m still pretty worn out from a very full week, last week.
I hope you have a beautiful day.
On my way to the Certified Zentangle® Teacher seminar I took a little side trip with my husband. We went to the Hilltop BBQ in Moodus CT to hear a band called Someone You Can Xray on Saturday evening. Mike had met them camping last year and they were fantastic! They recommended that we check out Gillette Castle before leaving the area so on Sunday morning we did. What a place! On the way to the castle we saw this sign.
I really love this graffiti and it made me think of Cee’s Which Way Challenge. “This challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on. ” This side trip provided an interesting variety of a few of those!
The castle has the main building, a shelter called “grand central station” and up the road a little bit there is a pond with a lovely bridge. The castle is more strange than beautiful, but it is so very interesting.
The ladder to the roof mystified us. I’m certainly never going up there! The stone awnings for the windows were another interesting touch. We wondered if people climbed this castle with or without permission. These views of the castle also include the highly inconvenient and interesting vegetable cellar. I have reserved a few photos for my Thursday’s Doors post.
Here is the structure that was called “Grand Central Station.” I love the cat sculpture on top of the ramparts. The views of the Connecticut River are quite lovely.
There was a young couple having photographs taken on the bridge and around the pond and a few families enjoying this lovely setting. You can have a wedding ceremony at the park, but no receptions are allowed. I would imagine it is a popular place for all kinds of photography sessions!
This place really had a lovely selection of paths and stairs and ways to go from one place to another. I hope you enjoyed my tour of this odd gem. For more photographs of wanderings check out Cee’s Which Way Challenge.