Back Doors and Alleys

Back door to toy lab

Toy Lab - 2011

What is it with back doors and the alley? Utilitarian and faded, sometimes littered with discarded goods, a garbage can, maybe a place to park, the alley beckons with a bit of mystery. Unlike the front door’s public face, the alley may offer a glimpse behind the curtain, a slightly different view of the life of the city.

white hot and melting

White Hot -2011

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14 Comments on “Back Doors and Alleys

  1. wow. i particularly like the way ‘framed’ image just over the white light interacts w/the other elements.
    the entire composition of “White Hot” is captivating, the way the barrel front left is so perfectly painted it actually made me think of vermeer’s light on figures, it altogether has so much movement
    and yet has a solid, familiar and evocative feel. just beautiful, thanks

  2. Thank you, tipota! These are as much about those second floor windows as anything else, so I’m glad you noticed the odd sense of the one in “White Hot.”
    It’s interesting how a few little twists can evoke movement and fluidity in something like the back of a building that is normally rigid and angular. Thanks again!

  3. Wow! I love your palette with these two images. The second one has an incredibly beautiful working of line, graffiti-like, that is particularly intriguing. Fabulous!

    Looking at the back of a place is a lot like getting to know someone over a long period of time. One can see beauty from all sides, even if our culture espouses a shallower perspective.

  4. Thanks Melinda! The colors here are a little more subtle than what I often use, perhaps in keeping with the subject. Nice thought on looking at the back of a place… I’ll mull that one over for a while.

  5. Been awhile since I have stopped by Don..Glad I did! There are some eye popping images I have been missing!

    I spend a lot of time lurking in alleys..a favorite subject of mine…I always imagine the doors as portals..that is what I see in “White Hot”

  6. Thanks for stopping by, Robin… and for your kind comment. I like your thought that the doorways are portals, portals to another place.

  7. Is the “Toy Lab” Santa’s workshop?
    It almost looks like the yellow brick road ends outside that door.

  8. So perceptive, planetross! Yes the yellow brick road ends at Santa’s Toy Lab — and Dorothy and her little dog, too, are inside. Thanks for clearing that up!!

  9. Maybe they’re a little pull to the enchantment of the dark side for those of us that love the sunny side….. beauty is everywhere (and always in your work, Donald.)

  10. Love them both, but LOVE the top one. Sitting home checking on my blogs waiting for Hurricane Irene to arrive. Sorry I haven’t been here for a while, our computer wasn’t working for a while. Glad to see you’ve been busy.

  11. Hi Carol, and thanks for the visit. Nothing like a hurricane to slow you down, right? Hope all has turned out well. That top one has a little different palette, I think. Glad you like it. Thanks!

  12. It’s a while since I’ve been here to your blog, Donald, but I see that your work has taken on a new touch of some sort, it’s like everything is kind of lifted up in light. Beautiful.

  13. Welcome back Val! And thanks so much. I’ve been trying to pay more attention to the light in these pictures, and a feeling of things being lit from within.

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