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Here are the other two doors as well as a small, unfinished still life that I had been working on at the time. I was using a neutral gray background and adding glazes on top to color it up.  The flowers on the left of the painting are purple hydrangea, which grow in fluffy balls of tiny, pretty flowers and have huge green glossy leaves. The fruit in the bowl are peaches and grapes. It's not easy to tell, but I have blue and purple hydrangea in addition to the red roses on the cabinet doors. I love that color combination of deep reds, light, airy blues and lavender,  muted greens and soft yellows.

 I sort of lost interest in finishing anything, as I was deeply depressed at the impending break up of my marriage.

My husband took these pictures as a nice gesture.  He accidentally put the middle door upside down, as you can tell from where the door handle hole is.  Actually, I had progressed since this was taken and have finished the lettering on all of the doors and  drawers.  He didn't include the two drawers in the picture as most likely I wasn't very far advanced in painting them as I was with the doors.
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I am sort of a jack of all trades when is comes to art and creative things. I suppose I should settle down and concentrate to specialize on one thing, but when I get that creative juice bug, I just have to go with it! This is an old photo of a door to a bathroom cabinet in my old house. My ex and I were fixing up the house to update it a little bit. The house is one of those boring cookie cutter houses from the late 1950's - 1958, to be exact. Anyway, we bought it (after having first rented it) from the daughter of the elderly lady that had lived there who had Alzheimer's disease and had to be moved to a home.

 It was like stepping back into time - she had left everything in immaculate condition. It was the first time that we had owned a house, so it was my opportunity to let my creativity run wild!

Anyway, I like that Shabby Chic worn look, so this is what I came up with for the doors. I was going to buy some of those pretty reproduction round crystal hardware for the handles. When we decided that we were going to sell the house after deciding to divorce, we thought that it would be more appealing if we added a new cabinet. Sadly, when we hired a carpenter to replace the wooden cabinet with something new, he had to break it up because it was attached to the wall so thoroughly that there was no possible way to extract it in a fairly complete condition. So now, I have a bunch of orphaned doors and drawers!
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The second oil painting in this series, which also needs more work!
Current Music:
Frederick Chopin: Etude in E "Tristesse"
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An oil painting that I did a few years ago.  Still needs more work. Kind critiques welcome.
Current Music:
Frederick Chopin: Raindrop Prelude
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Also can be found at Ballard Designs.
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Print can be found and bought at Ballard Designs - http://www.ballarddesigns.com/bd/default.jsp
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