Pat Blythe – Behind the green door…..the artist…..and music

I love this painting. Done by a very good friend of mine, it has intrigued me since I first laid eyes on it. My curiosity is piqued. To most I suppose it’s nothing special. For me it holds a kind of fascination and charm. I just sit and stare. A suggestion of mystery, a hint of secrecy…..it captivates me. It empties my mind and at the same time sets the wheels of my imagination spinning. It brings back memories. The mood is set with an ease and simplicity about it.

A simple green door, slightly ajar…..just a crack.

Behind the Green Door, acrylic on panel

A splotch of paint drips down from one of the panels and slowly dries in position. The door and frame are scraped and timeworn…..shabby chic and well used. It has withstood time, all the comings and goings, the slams and silent closings, the clicks, tugs and pulls. The handle looks familiar…..maybe it’s one of the old “push-and-turn” to lock, a keyhole on the outside to pop the handle open? How many hands have turned that doorknob, greeting or leaving, opening or closing? The deadbolt implies additional security.  The screws are obvious so we must be inside peeking out. Is this a departure, a pause before the door is pushed wide open….or maybe a coming home, just before the door is secured, closing off the world outside.

There is nothing special about the door, yet the painting draws me in and offers a promise….or maybe potential? I find it calming, almost reassuring. Doors seal me inside my womblike sanctuary. They represent shelter. Doors provide a sense of protection, physically and mentally. They hold at bay what may be lurking on the other side. They can be a metaphorical barrier between peace of mind and the craziness of the “other side”. Do I open it further or pull it shut? Do I throw it open in welcome, or quietly hide behind it while I listen to footsteps move away, gradually fading?

We walk past closed doors every day. When we catch a glimpse of an open door, our first instinct is to try and peer inside. Like undrawn curtains at night, bright indoor lights exhibiting the interior, we automatically look. The voyeur in us is curious. What lies beyond? Open doors, even just a sliver, seize our attention. Sometimes we pause to assess the situation…..to ensure everything is okay. Is something out of place? Should we knock, announce our presence, or wait to see if someone is coming out? Do we just look, wonder for a moment and walk on by?

When I asked the artist to send me a photo of his painting, I’m sure he thought I was crazy. But I wonder what he saw when he captured this image. What was he thinking when his artistic eye caught the door…..as he was painting it? What was playing over and over in his mind?

Remember these times? When did we stop welcoming surprise visits to our homes? The following video is hilarious……but true!

Doorbell – Sebastian Maniscalco (What’s Wrong With People)

I know, I know, it’s a door for heaven’s sake! But…..there’s something there. A glimpse into possibilities? A transition from one space to another? Doors can represent hope or opportunity. They give you privacy or imprison you. Doors are often used as symbols in mythology. They have special meanings in dreams…..a barrier to moving forward, or an opening to start a new journey. Even the colour has meaning. A green door suggests traditional values. Green is associated with money, so whoever lives beyond or behind the green door are ambitious and good with finances. We use doors as metaphors in our daily lives. “When one door closes, another door opens.”

But the painting……it holds my attention. It’s just a simple green door, slightly ajar…..right?

About the artist

Peter Kashur

Peter Kashur was born in Fort William (now Thunder Bay) but has lived in Toronto most of his life. A self-taught painter, Kashur works in acrylic, egg tempra, watercolour and graphite. He describes his technique as “contemporary realism”, a hybrid of disciplines developed in his watercolour and egg tempra paintings; ”multiple layers of linear elements comprised of cross hatching, dots and splatters….meant to give a quiet energy, atmosphere, and movement to the compositions.”

Sandwiched between ex-bandmates Bob Segarini (l) & Drew Winters (r)

Kashur has taught for the Toronto School Board, Queens University, the Don Valley Art Club and Toronto Watercolour Society, conducting workshops and lecturing on the history, theory and practice of traditional egg tempra as well as advanced techniques in watercolour. An accomplished musician, Kashur is also a guitarist, having performed with The Segarini Band, Cats and Dogs and, for extremely rare appearances, The Alzheimer’s Appreciation Orchestra. Showing in galleries since 1988, Kashur’s work is part of private collections throughout North America. He has been focused on his painting since “retiring” from the music business over 30 years ago. Although we can persuade him to pick up the guitar from time-to-time, his centre is his art.

Behind the Green Door is for sale. If you’re interested you can contact him directly through a private message on Facebook or at https://www.instagram.com/peterkashurgallery/

Other works by Peter Kashur:

The following two paintings, Freight Elevator and Staircase, are inspired by frequent visits to the Albert White building at 80 Spadina Avenue in Toronto. The building currently houses several galleries, artist studios and Toronto Image Works.

Freight Elevator, traditional egg tempra

Staircase, traditional egg tempra

Trailblazer, watercolour

Trailblazer is another of my favourite paintings by Kashur. This is one of my baby sister walking through the snow. Kashur gifted me a signed print for Christmas a few years ago. One of my most treasured possessions for two reasons…..the artist and the subject.

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door- Guns N’ Roses

Knocking At Your Back Door – Deep Purple

My Door is Always Open – Noah and The Whale

I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons

Paint It Black – Rolling Stones

Love Her Madly – The Doors

The Green Door – Jim Lowe (1956)

Green Door – Shakin’ Stevens (1981)

Behind That Locked Door – George Harrison

Lookin’ Out My Back Door – Creedence Clearwater Revival

The Door Into Summer – The Monkees

Back at Your Door – Maroon 5

Open the Door, Homer – Thunderclap Newman

Cheers!

Photograph of Peter Kashur ©2015-2020 Pat Blythe, A Girl With A Camera “The Picture Taker”

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Pat’s column appears every Wednesday.

Contact us at: dbawis@rogers.com

dbawis-button7“Music and photography….my heart, my passions.” After an extended absence —  33 years as a consultant and design specialist in the telecommunications industry — Pat has turned her focus back to the music scene. Immersing herself in the local club circuit, attending the many diverse music festivals, listening to some great music, photographing and writing once again, she is eager to spread the word about this great Music City of ours…..Toronto. Together for 34 years, Pat little-red-headed-dancing-girlalso worked alongside her late husband Christopher Blythe, The PictureTaker©, who, beginning in the early 70s, photographed much of the local talent (think Goddo, Frank Soda and the Imps, BB Gabor, the first Police Picnic, Buzzsaw, Hellfield, Shooter, The Segarini Band….) as well as national and international acts. Pat is currently making her way through 40 years of Chris’s archives, 20 of which are a photographic history of the local GTA music scene beginning in 1974. It continues to be a work in progress. Oh…..and she LOVES to dance! 

2 Responses to “Pat Blythe – Behind the green door…..the artist…..and music”

  1. Peter Crowley Says:

    Nice work, Peter!

  2. Damon Hines Says:

    Terrific stuff, Peter! Lovely tunage, Pat, easy enouff to elide over-wrought, over-played G’n’R, but that’s me, enjoy what you will, felt compelled to remark..just an a-hole today at least, I guess. Cheers. 8>D

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