Thursday Doors- Watercolor Doors

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I haven’t photographed any doors lately and those in my archives are marinating nicely so I thought I’d share two doors I’ve painted as homework recently.

I’m doing two online architecture sketching watercolor classes while I’m on a hiatus from the local watercolor class. This first door is from an image I made last year when a friend came to visit and we did Photowalk in downtown Carson City.   One of the classes had an assignment to practice drawing something in 1 point perspective and this is what I drew and painted.  There’s something special about a red door isn’t there.  A note to myself only partially seen says, ” not good!”  It’s wonky, and the portico and window aren’t quite right. I need to redo this one!

Red Door Carson City watercolor

This second painting is exercise 3 in Phil Davies Arttutor Sketching Architecture online class. An Old Blue Door.

Blue Door Arttutor homework_IMG_4282

His assignments are getting more and more complex. I’m a bit anxious about this weeks!


This is part of Norm’s  Thursday Doors weekly roundup. If you have a door image or painting to share head on over and share yours, or just go visit to see all the lovely doors people share from all over the world.


DaVinci Watercolors in the Scratchmadejournal palette on Canson Watercolor 300g cold press paper, and Sakura Micro .05 ink pen.

more to come…




58 thoughts on “Thursday Doors- Watercolor Doors

    1. Thank you so much, Joey! I’ve have been painting much since we stopped going to class because of Corona Virus. The class is back but I don’t want go trying to paint in gloves and wearing a mask down in the basement of the museum. It gets hot down there! Instead I’ve had the piano tuned and I’m banging a little on it.

  1. I think what you describe as wonky, I see as character. They are both wonderful, Deborah! What a challenge! I could not imagine undertaking drawing and painting outside of abstract designs. 🙂

  2. Deborah, You are a talented and creative artist. I enjoy seeing the artwork on Instagram, too. It sounds like you are also being challenged. I think there is a lot to be said for being “wonky.” Often a good thing.🙂

  3. You are much too hard on yourself … although I totally get it. I have a half-finished canvas that’s been sitting untouched for over 2 weeks because I can’t get past my own wonkiness.

    My favourite is actually the first one. What you see as wonky, I see as delightful. I love that loose style of adding details- ie the design in the window and the leaves in the trees.

    Keep painting, keep sharing. I love!!

      1. If you’re anything like me, you wake up in the middle of the night and your brain starts churning through a problem. That’s exactly what happened to me in the early hours of this morning.
        I’ve come to the conclusion that some paintings aren’t worth salvaging and mine is one of them. It will be reworked in a major way. hmmm – now that I’ve said that, I guess it is a form of salvaging it.

        1. That was me Saturday night. He-Man came to bed and I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep so I got up and ended up staying up all night sketching and painting my final project for one of the online classes I’m doing. I finished it at 4am then took a long nap. 😀

          Reworking is salvaging! I’m glad you were able to see a way forward with it. I hope you share it here or IG!

  4. Even as a former teacher, I find it strange to see the word “homework” in your post. Maybe the second picture strikes you as more pleasing because there were fewer elements to distract from the door.

  5. Well done Deborah I love your loose flowing style. Thank you for sharing them with us, it gives me inspiration. I’m doing the Phil Davies on line course too, but not being very consistent with the projects.

    1. Thank you so much, Pauline! That’s a lovely compliment coming from you!!

      I did the Santorini sketch today. The tower was so hard! I have to redo it. Maybe the 3rd attempt will be better?

      I am going to move on to number 5 tomorrow.

  6. I love these drawings, Deborah! And I think the ‘wonkiness’ adds a lot of charm to the first one ☺️In addition, my son has a wonderful double-wide red door on his new house – so I agree with you that there is just ‘something’ about a red door!

  7. I like them. The blue door a bit better I think, also because of the neigbbouring stone work , the colours and also the blue-ish tint to the sides above the door. And a red door, yes, some people want to paint them black, alas 🙂

    1. Thank you, Peter! I agree with you the blue door is the better of the two. I do like some black doors. There are many lovely glossy ones with gold or brass hardware in London and around the UK I LOVE!

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