Doors to Delmonico’s

When I came across 23 Williams Street in Manhattan, I thought I was in a time warp. Was it the same Delmonico’s that Oscar Wilde raved about, pairing it with the Yosemite Valley as ‘two of the most remarkable bits of scenery in the States’?  Was it the same Delmonico’s that coaxed the home-bound detective Nero Wolfe from his West […]

Doors Live on

Below is a photo of one of the magnificent doorways to B. Altman on 34th Street in Manhattan, NY.  My mother used to go there when she went into ‘the city’. B. Altman is defunct but, at the time the photograph was taken (circa 1990), the doors opened into one of the new (at the time) […]

Another Upper West Side Door

I snapped the picture below during the same walk on New York’s Upper West Side that I took the photo of yesterday’s doors (see Sunrise Doors). Below are two sketches of this door. The one on the left side is a pen and ink drawing in which I attempted to replicate the gray values of the photograph. […]

Sunrise Doors

This door caught my attention during one of my treks to the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the early 1990s. The pattern seems to be Art Deco. Although I don’t remember much else about the doors, they seem to be gating an empty space, from the reflections on the threshold below.  The doors also, at […]

Grayscale Doors

I chose one of my door photographs for today’s grayscale studies. There are so many doors that are interesting in and of themselves. Add dramatic lighting, and the results can be striking. Here is my pen and ink sketch: After washing with Derwent gray watercolor pencils, this is the result: