poetry and prose about place

dooryards and doorways (day 41 to 43)

with 8 comments


In the Falmouth area of the Cornwall coast, my eye has been drawn to the human landscape, in particular the dooryards and doorways …


map day 41 to 43

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)


7-41  October 18, 2013  35 minutes  3.0 km  (within Falmouth)


On the 41st day of my virtual cycling trip along the coast of Cornwall, I spent all my time in the city of Falmouth.  The best part of the trip was along High Street where the store fronts and signage make me want to stop and look around.  Lots of people too!


The fence post and red door in the image below resulted in my favorite watercolour to date.   I love the colour red!


red door


October 15, 2013  'door in Harbour Village'   Jane Tims

October 15, 2013 ‘door in Harbour Village’ Jane Tims


7-42  October 23, 2013  30 minutes  3.0 km  (from Falmouth to south of Goldenbank)




October 23, 2013  'Roscarrack Road'   Jane Tims

October 23, 2013 ‘Roscarrack Road’ Jane Tims


7-43  October 27, 2013  35 minutes  3.0 km  (from Goldenbank to Mawnan)


When I paint, I often edit out the items I don’t consider to be ‘beautiful’.  For me, this includes garbage cans, litter, plastic of any kind, and so on.  For example, in the watercolour below, I ignored the background.  However, I think that great art probably hides in those not-so-pretty necessities of life …


inspiration for 'gate on Old Church Road'

inspiration for ‘gate on Old Church Road’ (image from Street View)


October 24, 2013  ' gate on Old Church Road'   Jane Tims

October 24, 2013 ‘ gate on Old Church Road’ Jane Tims


Copyright  2013   Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

November 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

8 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. My grandparents used to live in Falmouth, Massachusetts when I was very small. My grandmother loved red, too, and caused a stir when she painted her whole kitchen red! I kind of think a red door is the perfect dose of red. 🙂


    Barbara Rodgers

    November 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    • Hi Barbara. I have red in the accents in my kitchen (strawberries). I think doors were traditionally painted red to keep bad vibes away. Jane


      jane tims

      November 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

  2. lovely watercolours



    November 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  3. Your paintings are lovely, Jane. I’ve been thinking about the things we leave out in our art ever since I commented here about wires (and how I try to shoot so things like that don’t show up in my photos). Yesterday I took a photo of a cemetery from a distance, and didn’t notice until I looked at it on the computer monitor that there is an old propane tank and an electrical box sitting there among the graves. I could Photoshop those out (and did take out the electrical box for the photo that’s currently in my header), but the more I look at the image, the more interesting it is with those things in it. I think if I were painting or drawing the cemetery, I would leave them out without thinking too much about it.



    November 1, 2013 at 8:33 am

    • Hi. I’ve never taken a theory course on art, but I know there is a tendency for both artist and observer to edit out the ‘unbeautiful’. However I can think of examples of well-known artistic works that include irregular faces, for example. ‘The Potato Eaters’ by van Gogh is an example. I Googled ‘propane tank art’ and most photos are of propane tanks repurposed, but there are one or two that are artistic depictions of discarded propane tanks. If one purpose of art is to make a record of our lives as humans, then I think leaving out the ugly would leave a false impression. Jane


      jane tims

      November 1, 2013 at 4:48 pm

  4. I love the colour red too. Your watercolours are lovely.


    Carol Steel

    November 1, 2013 at 8:01 am

I'd love to hear what you think...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: