Friday, July 17, 2015

PAINTING BIRDS & A NEST ON KAREN'S FRONT DOOR & GARAGE DOOR TO CARRIAGE HOUSE DOORS

PAINTING BIRDS & A NEST ON KAREN'S FRONT DOOR & GARAGE DOOR TO CARRIAGE HOUSE DOORS

Karen asked me to paint her front door.
  It was dark brown and she wanted me to paint it a soft turquoise or aqua.  
We picked out the color.  
A few years ago, I painted her antique front doors at her other house.  I painted birds and nests and she wanted me to paint birds and a nest on this one, too.
Here is a link to those antique doors:
This door was fun to paint.  When we chose the color for the door, I told her I wanted to paint blue plumbago on it.  I knew the blue would look beautiful on the turquoise.  And, I painted the plumbago blue color on the tiny trim around the door insets and the side glass panels on either side of the door.
Here is Mr. Birdie taking a ribbon to his nest.
And, here is Mrs. Birdie working a ribbon into her nest.
Karen's garage door is one big door that goes up when it's opened.  She wanted me to paint it to look like carriage house doors that open in the middle.  She didn't want wood grain, she just wanted them to stay white.  So I drew a dark black, brown and gray line down the middle, drew the handles and the 4 hinges and painted the little windows with the front door color.  When you're driving by, it looks like it really might be two doors.
Here is a link to the other "carriage house" doors that I painted:
There was an air vent above the garage door and one on the front of the house and she wanted me to draw and paint those to look like they might be shutters. 
 I drew and pianted a shutter dog to hold the shutter in place.
I drew and painted the ivy and the butterflies. 
 A black swallowtail and a giant swallowtail butterfly on this side.
On the left side of the door, I painted the ivy and another black swallowtail butterfly.
Karen told me she wants me to come back and paint two more butterflies.  
One of them has to be a monarch.
Here are the shutter and two shutter dogs that I drew and painted on the front of the house.
After I painted all of this artwork, Karen had some major landscaping added with lots of pink, purple and blue flowers.  Also, my favorite blue plumbago.  Oh, and some pink knockout roses.  Above her front porch, she has an arbor with pink climbing roses.
Front door "before"
Getting ready to draw and paint the shutter over the garage.
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Karen wanted her house to look like a french chateau.  
With all of her new artwork and beautiful colorful flowers it is truly beautiful.
Her home is right by the neighborhood mailbox and her neighbors keep coming by and telling her how beautiful everything is.
I know that makes her feel good.

30 comments:

  1. These are amazing- I didn't realize they were trompe L'oeil doors and the birds and flowers are charming!

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    1. Thank you Christina! I love the shades of blue and the little birds, too. Karen is very happy!

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  2. Oh Lynda, you never cease to amaze me with your painting skills, Those doors came out gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much, Brenda! I really, really love the shades of blue together. And, I always love little birds and nests.

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  3. This is just lovely. It makes me want to find someone and paint my door with Butterfly's on it.

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    1. Thank you! Karen has lots of company and she loves greeting them with her new door. Hope you find someone, but you could do it. You could use stencils for the butterflies.

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  4. These are just stunning.. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing and joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove

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    1. Thank you! You can see everything from the street and it makes Karen's house look so pretty.

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    1. Thank you! I'm very happy with it. I always enjoy visiting your blog.

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  6. How magnificent it all looks! I just love that style of painting. What a great talent you have!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I'm happy with the way it all turned out. I'm always glad when it's over.

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  7. So beautiful Linda! I love birds and nests and it all looks just darling!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you, Jann! I love birds and nests, too. And, love painting them.

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  8. Oh it is very lovely, greeting from Belgium.
    http://louisette.eklablog.com " blog my city mons in Belgium"

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope you are having good weather in Belgium.

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  9. Amazing ! love what you did to the door!

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    1. Thank you! Lots of people walk in this neighborhood and they do notice Karen's front door.

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  11. So pretty - you do amazing work, Linda. Love it. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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  12. That door is beautiful Lynda! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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    1. Thank you! I went by Karen's yesterday and it did look so pretty with all of her colorful new flowers.

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  13. Great work! The trompe l'oeil art works well in the context of the house and garden.
    Thank you for joining us on Floral Friday Fotos. I look forward to your next contribution.

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  14. That is really a lovely house, Lynda! I can say that you are really good at painting and designing. I'm sure Karen is really happy with your work. I hope that you'll achieve the French chateau ambiance that she wants for her house. Good job! And keep it going! :-)

    Arthur Bryant @ Contractor Express

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