Fairy Door

“A man is what he thinks about all day long.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fairy Door

6″ x 10″ Acrylic on Raw Wood Fairy Door

This was a fun little project.  The elements were there already, so all I had to do was paint it and add a few embellishments, like the flip flops, flowers and sun.  I made it for a girlfriend who loves all the little outdoor fun things.  It is coated with polyurethane to weather proof it.    I hope she likes it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson is truly the center of the American transcendental movement, setting out most of its ideas and values in a little book, Nature, published in 1836, that represented at least ten years of intense study in philosophy, religion, and literature, and in his First Series of essays.

Born in 1803 to a conservative Unitarian minister, from a long line of ministers, and a quietly devout mother, Waldo–who dropped the “Ralph” in college–was a middle son of whom relatively little was expected. His father died when he was eight, the first of many premature deaths which would shape his life–all three brothers, his first wife at 20, and his older son at 5. Perhaps the most powerful personal influence on him for years was his intellectual, eccentric, and death-obsessed Puritanical aunt, Mary Moody Emerson. Yet Emerson often confessed to an innate optimism, even occasional “silliness.”  more….


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ambiguousartistry
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 06:04:27

    Oh this is awesome Beth, I love the flip flops too.
    I’m with Carol if that quote is real, I’d be a big block of chocolate lol


  2. lesliepaints
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 09:58:27

    This is an absolute wonderful gift for your friend. I don’t know how to explain what belief system it is but orange is, I believe, the color of the second chakra and represents relationship and relating to others so how fitting that you painted an orange doorway in this. The gold on the hinges and the latch means long lasting. It looks as though a visitor has arrived and left their shoes by the door. Love the light hitting the stoop. All in all? A treasure.


    • Beth Parker
      Aug 13, 2010 @ 10:11:38

      Wow! Thanks for that, Leslie. I just painted it the way I liked, and it’s cool that it has the meanings you describe. She is a dear friend and has been for a long time. I can’t wait to tell her what you said. How neat! 🙂


  3. CarolKing
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 09:56:03

    adorable door. Love the flip flops. As far as your quote today…I must be a giant piece of chocolate cake.


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