Thursday Doors: Two doors, art, book review and chitchat

Today, I have two doors from Melbourne that my daughter sent me for the Thursday Doors challenge that Dan hosts.

The board says, ‘RMIT University’. So, I googled to find out more. The image that popped up on Google was one of a modern styled building.

So this is what I got from the net-
A view of the Magistrate Court building at the UHPH Conference 2018 RMIT University at the corner of La Trobe and Russell Streets Melbourne. The city watch-house, used for holding alleged offenders until they were officially remanded or released on bail, operated on the site next to the Magistrates’ Court from 1892.  (I Willis, 2018)’

I prefer Victorian colonial-style architecture to modern-day buildings. It’s like walking back in time into another era. It’s grandiose. These are all the doors I have for today. I’ve asked my girls to send me more; hopefully, they remember to do it.

In the meantime, here’s a painting I did last week. I did it after a gap of three months as I was too busy or too stressed about my novel. And although I could have picked up the brush three weeks ago, I realized it’s difficult getting back to art once you’ve stopped, or else it was for me. I found excuses not to begin- the room was too big, it was too sunny there, I felt lost in the room, and it went on and on. So, we got a carpenter to dismantle the cot and move it from my daughter’s room which is smaller and fix it in the bigger room – the so-called ‘Art room’. After the moving and setting, it took me another week to begin. It took my husband to say, ‘Why haven’t you started painting?’ (He was sick and tired of seeing me fret over the book and hoped painting would distract me).

And so I began, failing at first, frustrated that my colours appeared muddy on mixing and then determined to make it work.

Here’s my painting ‘Somewhere’ done using acrylic paints on a canvas cloth 16″ x 12″. The truth is doing it soothed my nerves and eased my mind.

And this is the painting in a frame. I just had an empty black frame that I had purchased from Ikea so I used it. White, perhaps, will look better. What do you think?

Last but not least, I hope all of you moms had a lovely Mother’s Day on the 14th of May. With my girls being away, I didn’t expect anything. However, my older one posted a review of my novel, which got published on Amazon on the 14th. It was the sweetest surprise, especially since my older one is not much of a reader and does not believe she is a writer, though I have told her otherwise. I understand how hard it must have been to do this in between University, cooking, cleaning the room and doing everything one has to do in Uni. This, among other things, made me a very grateful mom.

I took a screenshot from Amazon, so, some lines are duplicated (me and my technical troubles) 🙂

That’s all for today. See you all next Thursday.


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Stay creative and blessed. Wishing you all a lovely weekend

Cheers, Rights Reserved.

10 responses to “Thursday Doors: Two doors, art, book review and chitchat”

  1. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    Hi Smitha, lovely doors. I’ve asked my husband to take some doors pictures for me in Turkey when he goes later this week. Your painting is beautiful. I find drawing and art much more relaxing than novel writing. Poetry is fine but fiction writing is jolly hard work.


  2. Tanja Avatar

    nice dooors

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you,Tanja.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    Ooo, what a marvellous door! And the painting! I asked on FB if this was Italy or just a scene from your imagination but haven’t seen if you’ve replied. I’m so glad that you decided to paint again and kept your promise. I must say that the modern building looks quite astonishing as well. I hope your girls keep sending you doors and writing lovely things.


  4. Dan Antion Avatar

    I like the doors. Like you, I appreciate the older styles over modern architecture. Thanks for adding the history. I like the painting, and I think the black frame works. It seems to confine and concentrate my view. I think a white frame might lead me away. Congrats on the review!


  5. harmonykentonline Avatar

    Lovely doors and congratulations on your fab review, Smitha 💕🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much,Harmony🙂💕

      Liked by 1 person

  6. rajkkhoja Avatar

    Beautiful & architecture door sharing your daughter. I like. You enjoyed the Mother Day with your daughter. So beautiful acrylic painting with frame.
    You enjoyed weekend, Smitha!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you for appreciating it all🙂🙏. Wishing you a good weekend, too.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. rajkkhoja Avatar

        Thanks, Smitha

        Liked by 2 people

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