Cindy answered my request for photos of doors from Italy. Thank you, Cindy! I'm posting them here and will pin them to my door page in Pinterest.
I've been thinking about what makes doors so universally interesting. There's the color and texture of course, but that's not all there is to it. You can find color and texture in large pieces of lumber and you don't find yourself taking pictures of that.
An old door that has obviously been used for generations has meaning. People just like us have used these doors. People just like us will use them after we are gone. I can sense that continuity when I look at doors like these.
There were, and are, craftsmen who cared enough to make these beautiful and functional doors. I can feel that care when I see these doors - just as I can see it in the quilts we make. There is a clear correlation, don't you think?
The other thing I've been thinking about is the space around doors. The photo above is a fine example. A door, even though it is the focal point, is really a small part of the facade of most buildings. In the quilts I am making I am working to make the negative space around the door (walls, stairs, etc.) interesting but not overpowering. It's a balancing act that I am enjoying.
Thanks, again, to Cindy!