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gates and gateposts

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Looking through my watercolours, I came across the painting below of a gatepost. I painted this during my virtual excursion through Cornwall, using Street View and Google Earth. The painting reminds me of how much fun I had, painting the scenes I discovered on my virtual journey.

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I am still using Street View to motivate my exercise program – since last year, I have been following the Saint John River from its origins in Quebec and Maine. My goal is to ‘cycle’ the length of the Saint John River, all the way to where it empties into the Bay of Fundy.

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Gateways mark change.  They represent movement from one space to another.  They can be entryways.  They can also be barriers. The challenge is always to step through that gate and keep on going.

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Oct. 4, 2013 'gate near Feock' Jane Tims

Oct. 4, 2013 ‘gate near Feock’ Jane Tims

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through the gate

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grey granite cold

black body to

absorb the sun

emit no warm

even lichens

rooted to stone

are barely alive

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the stone invites

admiration

but curves disguise

the jagged edge

biotite and

muscovite honed

razor thin

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step forward, through

the gate, ignore

the risk

the path behind

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

a return to Cornwall and its gates

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I am back on my virtual bike trip along the coast of Cornwall.  This week I have travelled 9 km from Predannack Wollas to Loe Pool for a total stationary cycling time of 75 minutes.

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I have missed the Cornwall scenes of hedgerows and meadows, stone houses and seaside quays.  Mostly I have missed seeing the gates, so it is no surprise my first watercolour for this phase of my journey is the stone pillar to a private gate.

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August 12, 2014  'stone post'   Jane Tims

August 12, 2014 ‘stone post’ Jane Tims

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August 15, 2014 at 6:59 am

still painting Cornwall gates!

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After completing ‘iron gate in Cornwall’ for Isaac’s Way Restaurant’s art auction, I decided to paint a gate just for myself.  I liked the small watercolour I did for my first Isaac’s Way auction, so I have painted a version of the scene in acrylics.

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First, the watercolour, 8″ X 10″, unframed …

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January 10, 2014  'rainbow gate in Falmouth'   Jane Tims

January 10, 2014 ‘rainbow gate in Falmouth’ Jane Tims

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And here is the new painting in acrylics, 20″ X 24″ unframed …

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May 22, 2014 ‘rainbow gate in Falmouth #2’ Jane Tims

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May 23, 2014 at 6:57 am

an iron gate in Cornwall

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Yesterday, I delivered another painting, entitled ‘iron gate in Cornwall’, to Isaac’s Way restaurant, for their upcoming auction.  Isaac’s way will be displaying the work of more than 50 artists from May 26, 2014 throughout the summer in their 21st art auction for charity.

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I had intended to display the watercolour ‘gate on Old Church Road’ for the auction (8″ x 10″, unframed).  However, Isaac’s Way had space for a larger painting, so I have done another version of the gate in acrylic (24″ x 20″, unframed).  I had not worked in acrylic for more than a year, so it was interesting to use the different medium for this new painting.

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Here is the watercolour, ‘gate on Old Church Road’ …

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

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

 

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and the new painting, in acrylic, ‘iron gate in Cornwall’

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May 13, 2014  'iron gate in Cornwall'  Jane Tims

May 13, 2014 ‘iron gate in Cornwall’ Jane Tims

 

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Although they are of the same place, there are lots of differences, mostly in the colour and shadow …

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May 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

yet another Cornwall gate

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As you may have seen on my ‘accomplishments’ page, I have sold the painting ‘rainbow gate in Falmouth’. It was on display as part of an art auction at Isaac’s Way Restaurant in Fredericton.

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The art at auction at Isaac’s Way helps local children’s charities, in this case providing opportunities for summer theatre. Once I have sold a painting, I can replace the painting with another and now ‘gate in Ponsanooth’ is up for auction!  You can see the painting at  https://nichepoetryandprose.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/another-cornwall-gate/ .

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I am continuing to paint in my Cornwall gates series.  This past weekend, I painted another gate from Ponsanooth entitled ‘enter’.  Gates are meaningful to me, as metaphors for change and as representative of possibility.  And the various building materials, stone, cement, wood and metal, are very enjoyable to paint …

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February 22, 2014  'enter'  Jane Tims

February 22, 2014 ‘enter’ Jane Tims

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February 26, 2014 at 7:08 am

another Cornwall gate

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Yesterday, I completed another in the ‘Cornwall gates’ series.

They are fun to find and paint.  I have learned this – trying to paint what is just beyond the gate takes away from the mystery!

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January 23, 2014  'gate in Ponsanooth'   Jane Tims

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January 24, 2014 at 10:05 am

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