June 19, 2014

The Trouble With Beauty

Dore Callaway Art and Home Designs.

The trouble with beauty is that it's difficult to agree exactly what it is.

Everything I create around has a charm of it's own, an imperfection here
and there rather then perfection; it's the imperfections that makes it interesting.

A rustic French grouping of floral cans inspire.

The white rose has retained its association with both love and formal ceremony.
Everlasting love that endure beyond all else.

I have been painting white roses sometimes called "the flower of light."
I am taking time to paint in its calm.

" Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
~ Thomas Merton

When painting, a stillness comes over me letting go and freeing myself in what
bonds me to its pureness.

Everyday I see a part of art I've never seen before.

I paint on wood paneling, the roughness reminds me of grained linen canvas.
Artists centuries ago used this practice, and I want to feel the soul in each panel as
artists before me.

I then frame them in with salvage scraps of wood; making sure it speaks to me calling
out, "I am done."

It's then on completion that I am no longer its creator and a sense of sadness comes
over me when it's completed. With each dipping of brush to paint, and the blending of colour,
emotions tie me to each piece.

Garden salvage inspires.

Framed in weathered garden stakes, stained with the winter rains that rise up to
greet what blooms.

Soon my art will be added to my peaceful etsy shop, "BurlapLuxe"

I dip brush into my soul, while painting grace in ones heart.

Everyday I am inspired by its little imperfections.


awal.ny said...

Beautiful painting, I love the white rose and all the texture. My father is a painter and I know for him it is hard to ever be done with a painting. He always sees that it needs a little something, where we do not see that. Have a wonderful weekend. Alaina

awal.ny said...

Beautiful painting, I love the white rose and all the texture. My father is a painter and I know for him it is hard to ever be done with a painting. He always sees that it needs a little something, where we do not see that. Have a wonderful weekend. Alaina

La Petite Gallery said...

That painting is just wonderful. Keep painting.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour mon amie!

I just woke up (it is thundering with lightning and much rain!) and I see your lovely email! I just had to come here first to see your new post, however. I agree with your about beauty; what I see as breathtaking may not be that stunning to others, and vice-versa. That is the conundrum of life, and what makes art a lifestyle that takes a life-time to learn, express and even UNDERSTAND! But I am with you hear about this aged, white lushness, the "forgotten" items that whisper years of use or admiration by someone long gone. Your roses have an everlasting appeal to them, and I can almost feel the "sighs" of joy while you create them. There is a longing and joy in what you do.

Many hugs and wishes for another creative and lovely dear dearest Doré! Anita

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Such a lovely painting. The colors are wonderful. And of course so beautiful in your surroundings.

chateau chic said...

You have an amazing gift for creating such serene beauty, Dore. I love the way you combine the rustic with the refined to highlight each one's unique worthiness and value.
Your rose painting...ahhh, so Lovely!!
Mary Alice

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

This post takes my breath away for I feel your emotions describing your passion, your calling and your joyful creations.
I am currently painting two canvas to go with a poem, they are abstractions of self expression and will be posted soon. The medium of paint is a heartfelt expression as you guide the brush to give creation with sheer emotional soulfulness.

Your roses are beautiful and captures the essence of peaceful serenity. Whoever winds up lucky enough to be their caretaker will be graced by beauty. Doré your gentle capture of a white rose sings volumes of your artisan heart.
Sending my love,

Unknown said...

What an adorable room! Love all the colours and fabulous details. Great job!
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Unknown said...

I get very excited every time I see that you have a new blog post up. Your home calms my crazy soul. : ) The rose painting is beautiful and more than that your writing and your emotions behind it make it more powerful. I hope you and your lovelies are enjoying this gorgeous weather. Talk to you soon!!!


Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

So lovely, Dore. Soft and gentle. I see what you see, and it is beautiful.
~ Lin

It's me said...

Wowwww doré...you make such a wonderful things ...!...love the painting ...!!!...love the things what you do with decoratings....love from me....x...!!

Anonymous said...

Your paintings are so beautiful, soulful and a sense of peace flows out of them just like everything in your home, your inspirations. Wonderful work!

Gigi @ Old World Patina

DD's Cottage said...

I always love reading your posts Dore. Your painting is beautiful and peaceful and just makes me feel calm. Love it!

Bente said...

What a beautiful painting. LOVE the white rose.

Hugs from here

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Such a beautiful painting. I wish I could paint like that!

Suz said...

Your imperfections are beautiful. Inspiring.

Rhonda said...

Imperfections are beautiful, you are so right. Finding your designs as gorgeous as ever. I just love stopping in and visiting your wonderful spaces.
Adore the painting, chippy and full of your style!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!xx

Rhonda said...

Imperfections are beautiful, you are so right. Finding your designs as gorgeous as ever. I just love stopping in and visiting your wonderful spaces.
Adore the painting, chippy and full of your style!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!xx

Victoria said...

Oh Dore, what can I even say! I saved reading this until I could really, really read it, as opposed to skimming through.

I love hearing the words of a true artist, it allows those of us who have no artistic side to see that side of those who do!

Also, I think you and Kerrie must be sisters separated at birth! You both create such peace and beauty, it shines through on your blogs and especially so, in your artwork:)

Junkchiccottage said...

Your gorgeous painting evokes such beautiful thoughts and feelings. Gorgeous.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Simply beautiful and completely charming, Dore.

Gail Peterson said...

Hi Dore, I love that you paint what you see. It is a gift to be able to transfer thoughts to a canvas. I have never tried to paint even once.... Not sure exactly why! Maybe someday I will pick up a brush and give it a try! Stick figures just aren't that artistic!
A beautiful weekend to you,

White Lace and Promises said...

I love all your beauties. Yes, beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but I prefer the natural, the chippy, the white patina that you share so often. Your style is my beauty!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Dore,
I often wonder if you know what an inspiration you are.. Your quiet beauty glows in everything you touch.. I adore the rose.
It is exquisite!

Rhonda said...

I absolutely love your work, the rose is beautiful, quiet, calming. I also love the imperfections, to me it's the imperfections that make these lovely pieces perfect:)

Méa Strauß said...


whenever I look at your pictures, there is a calmness (hope, this is the right translation) in me. The beauty you share with us, with your unique Art makes me breath deaper, there is such a strongness in it(or strength? sorry for my bad English), maybe you do not really know, that you are truly a fairy, who gives magic in the lives of so many. I love your tender rose of light and the french grouping.
Me, I am such a nervous being and like a butterfly on speed sometimes;), always afraid of something. I guess, you are totally different, as on the other hand, we really are birds of a feather.
I wish you a wonderful weekend, my Dear, hugs from Méa

Woodside Park said...

Your beautiful paintings are created with love, grace, and passion! And the framing of old wood is genius! I love the overall texture and story each piece tells. Cheers!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Stopping back in for another visit to say gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous and that's what I most admire from your art the connection it forms in our heart and is sincerely peaceful beauty.

Unknown said...

Oh Dore, how I've missed your blog so!! What a beautiful painting you have created, tons of charm for sure. The last we spoke I just had a baby #4, Mr. Sparrow Moon and now he is 13 months =) Hope your doing well and I just started a new blog shehimthem.wordpress.com

therelishedroost said...

Always so calm and serene , you must feel peaceful all the time!

must love junk said...

Dore, I love how this post is so heartfelt and passionate and I adore each and every photo! Your painting is exquisite!! You have such elegance and amazing talent :)

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Suz said...

You always make the rustic and shabby look amazing and beautiful.

Heaven's Walk said...

You continue to amaze me with your creativity and talent, Dore. God has surely blessed you with an abundance of it, my friend. This is just beautiful.

xoxo laurie

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Unknown said...

Hi Dore,
thank's for your very sweet comment at my blog.I absolutely love youre painting. ..the rose is amazing!
Have a nice summer xo Vladka

Beach House Living said...

Simply fabulous as always.

Anonymous said...

Your painting is so pretty and feminine. But I am really loving the linen (I think) lamp shade. Simple and classic.

michele said...

time to shop your shop, methinks. so happy to be catching up here, dore as i so adore your eye for beauty and your way with poetic language and your genius of tying them all together. i mean you even mentioned a merton quote, and i am reading one of his books right now. let's keep living parallel lives like this, deal? and we must meet someday soon. love to you.

Karena said...

Dear Dore, your white rose paintings are wonderful! I was so sorry that you and Hannah could not be at Andrea's dinner. I hope that all is okay....visit soon..

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love this painting Dore, and the treasures that surround it in your home frame it beautifully!

Cindy said...

You are just so enchanting... Everything I look at here is a treat
is your wall color the Sherwin Williams color you were telling me about... it's so pretty, i'd love to know the name if you can remember it...