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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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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

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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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims 

Written by jane tims

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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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

 

Written by jane tims

May 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

finding places to grow 7-30

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Stone walls are a common site in the coastal towns and villages of Cornwall.  On today’s virtual bike trip, I noticed how plants find growing space in the crannies and crevices of these walls …

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7-30 crannies

plants growing in the nooks and crannies of a stone fence (image from Street View)

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Vines also take advantage of stone surfaces and climb over stone shed and houses until they take the shape of the building they climb on …

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7-30 roof with vines

vines take on the outline of a house (image from Street View)

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In a maritime climate in particular, lichens often find a place to grow on rooftops or on stone surfaces.  Orange-amber lichens have established themselves on the roof and walls of this grand house in Trewithian …

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7-30 Trewithian

amber lichens on stone and roof (image from Street View)

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Three interesting names today … Treworthal, Treworlas and Trewithian …

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Best View:  shadowed road on the way to Treworthal and a gate near Trewithian …

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September 14, 2013  'road with shadows'   Jane Tims

September 14, 2013 ‘road with shadows’ Jane Tims

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September 14, 2013  'afternoon by the gate'  Jane TimsIMG731_crop

September 14, 2013 ‘afternoon by gate’ Jane Tims

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Copyright  2013   Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

October 9, 2013 at 7:00 am

gates 5-11

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On my virtual bike journey of May 13, with only one more day to go before I complete Phase 5, I seemed to notice the ‘gates’ more than any other landscape feature.  Sometimes, as in Saint-Xandré, three gates occur in a very short distance …

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three gates in Saint-Xandre

three gates in Saint-Xandre (image from Street View)

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Day 5-11 1 Logbook

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 Day 5-11 1 map

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Some gates seem so mysterious.  This gate, also in Saint-Xandré, must lead to the narrow end of a property …

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gate Saint-Xandre

gate on the narrow edge of a property (image from Street View)

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A quick look at the map shows how the gate leads to a substantial park-like area …

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map of park

map of park-like area beyond gate – the gate is at the very tip of the property, toward the lower part of the photo (map from Google Maps)

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Some gates are very elegant and lead to beautiful homes with large courtyards …

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elegant gate

elegant gate (image from Street View)

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This gate was also quite grand and was paired with a charming gate for people …

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gates for cars and humans

gates for cars and humans (image from Street View)

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My favorite gate was in a wall along a country road.  There is no evidence this gate is used.  The map shows there is no road, not even a cart track beyond the gate …

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country gate to an estate

unused gate (image from Street View)

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Best View: memory of a gate in Lusignan, at the very start of my virtual bike journey, back in January …

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'gate near Lusignan'

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

June 5, 2013 at 7:05 am

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