Rock Road Doorway
7" x 5"
This painting is of a back doorway of a private residence on Rock road in Glen Rock, New Jersey.
There is something about this piece that I really love. I think it's a combination of the color scheme and the composition. They say that if you find a composition in Nature that is 75% workable, then you are doing well. This composition is exactly as I found it, 100% perfect.
That is an incredibly rare thing to find out in the landscape, and it has only happened to me twice in 20+ years of painting. I also really like the way that the owners of this house have painted the doors, windows and trim different saturated tones. Lastly, I like that the three primary colors are represented here as a foil to the beautiful teal green clapboards and orange brickwork. There is something quite charming about doorways and windows found on these old houses in Bergen County that I just can't get enough of. I don't find that with most of the newer private home construction. There is a level of artistry in old architecture that is truly sublime which is getting harder and harder to find in new buildings.
One last note; I have started a second blog which will be dedicated to random thoughts about Art and Nature, and will be mainly used as a teaching tool for anyone who might be interested to learn a little bit about seeing as an Artist sees. I think it will be quite a lot of fun and very informative at the same time.
The URL is http://mark-oberndorf.blogspot.com/
It is still under construction, but I will get to it soon. I plan on having a mailing list for this blog as well as my primary blog, so if you are interested, please sign up or email me and I shall sign you up.
Thanks in advance!