Friday, March 24, 2017

Gallery Wall of Cemetery Photos


I enjoy taking photographs.  One of my favorite sights to photograph are old cemeteries.  Quiet, reflective, with beautiful statuary, and architecture, the workmanship of the pieces is amazing.




During the 1800's much of the statuary, and monuments were carved from Carrera marble.  I adore Carrera.  Above an angel is writing in her book, recording a story to be held for centuries. Her quill, her wings, the pleats of her gown, details carved from a single slab of marble.  




The iron fences standing one hundred years now live with rust; spotted in shades of brown, green, and grey.  Picturesque beauty, with enchanting surprises upon row, after row -




Another love is New Orleans.  It is a destination where Mr. GDC and I go to ride the trolley, wander the streets, eat at "The Ruby Slipper", and walk through the cemeteries.  NOLA burials are in tombs above ground.  This was a common method of burial in France, and carried over by French immigrants to NOLA.  The result are pieces of land spotted with small architectural wonders. Each crypt elaborately decorated with columns, pediments, carvings of animals, religious motifs, or Greek style designs.  Looking past the purpose of the space, focusing upon the workmanship, the time it took to create these marble art forms, the cemeteries become outdoor museums.  




Two angels reach upward, as though longing for heaven. Perhaps they fell to earth.  




Jesus sits inside a tomb, pondering, his finger to his lips as though he beckons quiet peace. His carefully carved crown of flowers perched atop his head.  His flowing rob pleats, and lays gentle upon his lap.  The artist work of stone is breathtaking.





Here in Galveston, the feel of the city is similar.  I think we are on our way, a petite style NOLA.  Our homes are from the same Victorian era, creating similar architecture. Grand ladies once belonging to wealthy merchants or businessmen, sit alongside the quaint cottage homes who wait the return of sailors.  Being a port city we have much of the same industry, also ships wandering in, then out.  We have a the plus of a beach, where a great number of tourist visit, enjoying sunny days building sand castles.  Our trolley line is under restoration, projected to be back in use next spring. The city is enjoying a renaissance; homes being renovated, new businesses and restaurants popping up, a beach restoration project - life is being breathed into Galveston.  Among the homes lining the grid laid streets, are cemeteries tucked away, holding the people who's stories came before, with them their own treasures.



The sculptures are detailed, carved again of Carrera.  Saint Frances above stands graveside with his customary bird perched upon his shoulder.




A flower girls sprinkles petals upon a grave.




Jesus kneels upon a rock in quiet reflection while the sun sets alongside him - day after day.

The beauty of these timeless works of art, graceful, forever frozen in white slabs of marble, holding poses, standing through years of rain, beneath sunny or shadowed stormy skies. They appeal to me, a museum of sorts, of lives past, of people who walked before.  As we've wandered I captured images. 




The cottage features two very large French paned windows.  The geometry of the windows is singularly beautiful. 



Alongside the window in the keeping room are small sections of wall, 40 inches wide. I thought the perfect space to display a few of the cemetery images in gallery style.  Printing the images upon 65lb weight cardstock, I mounted them to canvas, sealed, then hung a gallery flanking each side of the window, topped with a sunburst mirror. 


 



The gallery arrangement, repeats the squares in the French paned window.  Repeating the design element of squares, adds visual space to the room, while making the wall a focal point. 




A large sunburst mirror is mounted directly at center of the French window.  Again, repeating elements upon the wall.  Eventually, I would like to add a small French chest at the center of the window.  We often enjoy meals in the keeping room.  A space to store necessities; napkins, remote controls, also flatware would be nice. 




One more project completed.  I admit that our design, and decorating is fluid.  My heart is fickle when it comes to design. My mind  easily changed with constant outside influence. Who knows where I'll wander next? Maybe more rustic, or cottage? I'd like to remove the wall between the keeping room, and the kitchen soon.  I think it will make a notable difference in the cottage.  Maybe I need to send Mr. GDC off and give Jr. the sledge hammer! Thank you for stopping by.  

Until next time, wishing you all the best -







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