Monday, June 08, 2009

black pearly gate


My curiosity is always peaked when I see a pearly gate, a brick wall or a barrier.  I wonder what exists on the other side and long for finding myself perched up on someone's shoulders peering over to the other side of the wall.  No, I am not a voyeur, just curious to know who must live there, what lies beyond or on the other side?  The above stunning home and black gate are the pride and joy of  A Bloomsbury Life~ where one is immediately whisked away to an English garden, full of pleasant eccentricities, witty words and exciting escapades. 

Surely you must have recognized this pearly black gate! What great walls and gates do you find intriguing?

33 comments:

Kwana said...

Love this illustration. I'm with you. I always want to see what's on the other side expecting a treasure and a feast for the eyes.

The Paris Apartment said...

There's something so mysterious behind closed doors! This drawing is just beautiful.

Simply Mel said...

Isn't that what gates/walls are made for - to peak our curiosity? Finding a treasure on the other side is a total delight!

Just like viewing this drawing is an artistic delight!

Ideezine said...

Mysteries we all have and want to keep. It's what makes us fun to find out more about. I've been behind those doors and gates...it is wonderful, peaceful and leaves you wanting to return soon.
Beautiful illustration.

Bette

Tamstyles said...

you really capture the heart of a home..seriously I think i might get my childhood home done like that..

Clarity said...

I think the mystery beyond the gates is heightened for me when visiting another city, be it Paris or Marrakesh.

Just having the time to breeze through with fresh eyes encourages that.

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Yet another fabulous illustration. I am so pleased to know I am not alone. I am always the one to try to peek up & over a wall to catch what's cleverly shielded from the rest of us. I too am not a "peeper" but am fascinated & hopeful to find some incredibly, historic architecture & beauty. I love to do than in Palm Springs!

A Day That is Dessert said...

Love your illustration Patricia. I find every gate intriguing...

Frau said...

Love your art work and it always makes me wonder what is on the other side. But my husband always calls me nosy neighbor #9, just curious how others live.

Purple Flowers said...

I love gates . They spark my imagintion into thinking, "what does everything look like beyond the gate"?
I also like low stone walls.

Purple Flowers said...

Oops - I forgot to mention your illustration is beautiful!

Slices of Beauty... said...

Love English gates and witty wording!

Karena said...

There is the mystery and wonder. Elements I love, the stone wall, the gate and gardens, so beautiful, so the home must be a dream.

mary said...

I DID recognize the house - and you did a wonderful job illustrating it. Bravo

M Denise C said...

Walls and gates remind me of A Secret Garden, one of my favorite childhood books . . .

Jen West Design said...

That is so pretty. She has impeccable taste. Whimsical in a way only Euros have, you know?

Prairie Girl Studio said...

lovely, lovely work as always pve ... capturing the essence and intrigue of what lies beyond the gate and walls ...

maybe if we wait for the milk man to happen by and he sets the bottles by the gate and ring the bell ... and then when the woman in the colourful floral dress comes to fetch them, we can get a wee glimpse of her paradise!

oh my it does take one away ... it does get one to dreaming ... powerful!

thank you for provoking lovely thoughts and images through your work ~
prairiegirl

miss cavendish said...

I recognized the house too! And this isn't a gate, but I love the cathedral ruins at Glastonbury--where Arthur and his Guin were supposedly buried.

Laura [What I Like] said...

Ah, you've perfectfly captured it!

Allie in G'town said...

Oh I'm a voyeur alright. And, I prefer peeking over pearly gates at night when interior lights are on and you can get a real good gander at things. XXOO

Joyce said...

Beautiful Patricia!! I enjoy wondering and imaginating what is hidden behind a closed door or gate. My most intriguing gate would have to be the big pearly gate I hope someday I'll be able to pass through. Enjoy my friend! xoxo

pve design said...

Joyce,
Oh, yes, that gate is something to aspire to...
pve

pam said...

i have a photograph in my guest bath of supposedly the most photographed garden door in st augustine florida. i visited the door but couldn't see a thing past it! i'm dying to know what's behind it every time i see the photo in my bath. and thanks for the introduction to bloomsbury life... i hadn't come across it before.

pve design said...

pam-
my apologies for peeping over the gate, but you will enjoy a bloomsbury life - she will inspire you.. not that you need any help there.
pve

PS~Erin said...

I am really drawn to this illustration....Maybe it's the gate or the style or just the fact that it's so darn pretty. You are so talented!

pve design said...

ps~erin,
you should go see beyond that gate - it is indeed full of intrigue. I guess my mom was right, beauty needs to be inside in order to radiate outside.
pve

PS~Erin said...

Ooooh, I like that. That's some wisdom right there. Thanks! Have a wonderful day.

annechovie said...

Just the very presence of a gate seems to make a place more intruiging. Nice work, as usual!

Tara said...

Patricia

I so enjoy this CA blog and you did a wonderful rendition!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Wonderful illustration! I'm drawn to gates that I can tell have been around long enough to see many people pass through them. The stories they could tell!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I know Lisa is thrilled with this treat of a painting! Well done you!

My Notting Hill said...

What a great house and illustration. There was a house like this 5 yrs ago in our neighborhood but was torn down to build a monstrosity.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Patricia, I am overwhelmed, tickled, speechless and full of gratitude to you! Do I really live there? I love my house and I love being at home and this incredible illustration has captured without a doubt not only its physical beauty, but also its very soul. You have a remarkable, remarkable talent, and I am SO honored that The Kenmore Arms was deemed worthy of your precious time and talent. Thank you so so much!

With endless appreciation, Lisa xxxx