Live and Let Live. Portugal.
“Today I want to start working again in earnest – I’m looking forward to it because doing nothing does become rather boring after a while.” – Gustav Klimt
The hot weather during this summer has meant that we have spent more time indoors than usual. Not having a television, and not being the type of people who can easily sit around doing nothing, we have carried out a number of projects. One of which happened because it was a rare moment when we both had a similar idea at the same time.
In our upstairs living room there are matching doors to the rooms that lead from it, except for one! This door was a plain and unassuming sort of door, and we had toyed with the idea of replacing it by having a door made to match the others. But the more we looked at this door the more it looked like a blank canvas and we decided that we would experiment with turning it into a decorative ‘feature’ door. :D We both love the work of Gustav Klimt, and we had the same idea to base our decoration on the ‘Tree of Life’. The key word here is base - given the size and shape of the door, we knew that we could only be inspired by the amazing landscape by Klimt, and at no time did we attempt to replicate it.
The door was roughly covered with a shimmery yellow-gold paint. Then we started by sketching out a rough design with chalk.
Once we had the tree itself painted in, we began to play with different shapes to embellish the tree. While working we listened to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, remembering our visit to Vienna where we were awed by seeing the Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt, created for The Beethoven Exhibition of 1902.
Then we started experimenting with different colours and types of paint. It got quite confusing, because we were both working together, but each focused on what we each were doing individually. And I seemed to have a special knack of resting my wrist or elbow in wet paint where Karl had just painted something. :D Still . . . it washed off quite easily when wet, but I was responsible for a few smudges, and speedy repair jobs!
We then used some enamel metallic paints to add highlights and extra shimmer to the tree. Before Karl set to work to hang the door back in its rightful place, between the living and the laundry rooms. I think the photo below shows the shimmery effect really well. Shimmer is essential when taking inspiration from Gustav Klimt.