Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Doorways....They All Have Something to Tell You...

Brown Door and Espaliered Tree
Obidos, Portugal
If you are like me, you can never pass by a door without wondering what might lie beyond it, what sort of people have passed through it, or even what sort of greeting one may expect to find if you knocked on it.  Doors tell you a lot about the people who built them, the people who live behind them and the people who need to be kept from entering them.  And the symbolic role that doors play in our lives is clearly illustrated by the many ways in which doors, doorways, and elements of doors are used metaphorically:
"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom"

- George Washington Carver
"When one door of happiness closes another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been open for us."

- Helen Keller
"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind"

- Kahlil Gibran
So here's a sample journey...around the world in eight doorways:

Starting with the place of my birth, Kathmandu, Nepal:
Richly Carved Door in the Newa Tradition
Home of the Living Goddess - Kathmandu, Nepal
In the neighboring city kingdom of Bhaktapur, Nepal:
Gold Gate (Sundhoka) into the National Gallery
Bhaktapur, Nepal
To the north of Nepal, in Tibet:
Zedang Doorway with Yak Skull
Zedang, Tibet
To the south, in India
Doorway Layered with Time
Orcha, India

Pointed Arch Door - Safdarjung's Tomb
New Delhi, India
Then on to Portugal, the land of Vasco da Gama, who opened the sea route to India...
Opening in Moorish Castle Battlements
Sintra, Portugal

Portel Castle Entrance Arch
Portel, Portugal
 Finally to the New World, the USA, my adopted home: 
Violet Door in Lavender Wall - Capitola Venetian Hotel
Capitola, California
Nothing welcomes you home after a journey around the world like your own front door...

All of the images posted here are available for purchase as 8x10 and 5x7 fine art prints and A2 size greeting cards (all printed on archival water color paper) at http://DigitalYak.etsy.com/.  Be sure to send me a message if there is something you'd like that you don't see listed, or if you'd like a custom size or item, as I truly enjoy creating one of a kind items that hold special meaning. Thanks!!

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