Friday, August 5, 2011

A Secrt Garden Gate?

Secrt [Sic] Garden Door
3.5 x 8.5 inches
M. Graham Watercolors
and Ink
Click to enlarge
Each day as we walked to the trolley in New Orleans, we passed this really cool doorway. It led to someone's backyard. There was a house, a garage and other structures back behind the doorway, but for my purposes, I chose to edited them out.

I've always been enchanted by the idea of a secret garden. Maybe it has something to do with Alice In Wonderland or Harry Potter's adventures.  Whatever it is, I seemed to be drawn to unusual doors and gates—they are a portal for my imagination.

The title "Secrt Garden Door" is a typo. My right brain was writing creating and it doesn't know how to spell. So I've decided you have to know the "proper" spelling of secret to gain into into my "secrt" garden! Who needs that extra "e" anyway?!

(And as a wise woman once shared with me...if you can't fix it, feature it!)

This was completed with M. Graham watercolors and ink in my NOLA sketchbook. If you're interested in joining me for a real adventure in New Orleans, please click HERE for information about NOLA Live!

For those of you who are interested in learning more about creating journal pages and using watercolors, Artful Journaling: Foundations and Explorations has been added back to the schedule over on ImaginaryTrips.com. Click HERE for more info on the journaling classes.

Happy Weekend, Y'all!

11 comments:

  1. Ah this is charming.. misspelling and all. Knowing me I would have tucked a litte e in there and ruined it. :)
    This reminds me of my favorite all time book... The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. A book that turned me onto Gardening as a child.

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  2. I do calligraphy myself, and have found misspellings a constant companion. When we are writing something slowly and focusing on the letters, it is easy to 'get lost' in the word.

    ;-)

    Welcome to the club!

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  3. Love this little gate. I like secrt gardens, too. They seem magical.

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  4. I think your subconscious mind is doing just fine ... I love the spelling. What an inviting gate.

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  5. I like those trees and imagining what is behind the gate!

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  6. Boy - you're super busy and creative! I appreciate how you share your creativity on your blog and in your classes!!

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  7. Glad to see others do it too. It's a charming page, misspelling and all. On my latest misspelling, I even had the whole word (correctly spelled) written out on tracing paper - I just didn't COPY it correctly!

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  8. I can see why you were charmed by this gate. I love gates. Especailly gates that have a peek door in them. I always want to peek.

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  9. Secrt is more criptic, like texting, or a code to gain entrance. I'm also fascinated by doors, archways, and paths.

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  10. Who wouldn't love a secrt garden?! Now you need to paint what's behind the door!

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  11. I always see a gate as an invitation, so how appropriate! I laughed at your right brain spelling, mine does exactly the same thing! When I start writing, I have to wake up the left brain - or else. Lovely gentle colors and washes!

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