Art on the Front Door

The sun, the moon, green meadows, and purple mountains are seen on a geometric matrix, with a black walnut tree branch bearing fruits.

Such is the art carved onto the front door of my house. A design of my own making heralds the artistry within. Let me tell you about my house’s logo design.

The cosmos is closer

What struck me upon migrating my homestead to the Rocky Mountains was the clarity of the skies. We are a mile and a half closer to the sun, moon, and stars than folks at the same level as the sea.

Honestly, the sky is a deeper blue than anyone believes. The sun seems stronger and imparts year-round tans to cowboyed faces. More stars twinkle than any I’ve ever seen before in the heavens. The man in the moon smiles with bright brilliance at night. Hence, a stylistic sun and moon appear prominently in the design.

Mountains are higher, valleys greener

Striking also is the beauty of the mountains. Peaks in the San Juans top out at more than 13,000 feet. That far up, they cast a color of purple not reproducible on the artist’s palette. I can see that color every day, however, coming through my windows from up there.

When winter’s snow yields to spring, whiteness yields to rich mountain greens. There are more greens than I can count, and more shades of green than I’ve perceived before in any other place. Then, in the most unexpected places, delightfully colored wildflowers provide a bright counterpoint.

Thus, mountains and wild green places have a place in the design.

Mountain modern

The background of the design is a contemporary geometric matrix. That represents my mountain modern home, which stands as a humble current-day backdrop to the majesty of the geological surroundings formed eons ago. It is but today’s stage for the everlasting grandeur abounding outside.

Black walnut

Upon my former homestead back East grew a big old black walnut tree. Indigenous to the area, that old tree was the centerpiece of my property. It was a snarky old tree, dropping branches all over and black walnut fruits by the bushel. It wasn’t until a local artist asked me for some that I realized painters can make their own lime green pigment from the black walnut fruit flesh.

So, a bit of the East came West in the form of a black walnut branch bearing fruits on my house logo design.

In wood and stained glass

The logo design appears in six places around the residence, including the front door. Three are carved in wood by Doug Christie, a local entryway designer; three appear in color in stained glass windows and doors, fabricated by Jill Gafney, a local glass artist.

Reflection of magnificence

The logo design is the focal point of the entrance and important elements of my home’s identity. It captures the snow in winter and soothing woody warmth of summer. It symbolizes the artisanal embrace of the folks living within and radiates the beauty of its magnificent mountain surroundings.