Garage Doors: The Joy of Paint

Aside from performing design magic with little strips of wood, you can go crazy with paint.

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Some might place windows in this position, but these folks have used paint. If you blow this up, you'll also notice the subtle diamond shape-within-a-shape.

Here are some artfully placed rectangles -- painted brown!

Here the paint is applied -- asymmetrically of course -- to the natural paneling of the door.

Hey, you can also do it with squares!

Boy howdy, can you!

Or you can just freak out and do a real painting.



Ah, the esthetics of entropy!

School, Seattle WA

Alley, Eugene OR

I-5, California



I think this building (and this building alone) was worth the detour into Weed, California.


Garage Doors: Chummy Quadrilaterals

A few examples of squares hooking up with rectangles for some driveway do-si-do.

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OK, that's cool.

Not as busy, but twice the fun.

Yike, they're multiplying!



Spotted this rather tenuous proposition on my daily dogwalk...

...as if skateboarding weren't hazarous enough as it is.

Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
    Robert Louis Stevenson


Garage Doors: Outliers, Part Two

Feast your eyes on these Rorshachian beauties!

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A mere series of pointy arches or a range of mountains?

A parade of Roman arches... or dark blood dripping from the garage rafters? (Note the theme is carried over on the house itself!)

A stylized yin-yang, or a Christian cryptogram?

A variant on the old X theme, or a somber reminder that the sand is running out for all of us?

Little ambiguity here: Beware of Scotties!


Bureau of Irrelevantly Placed Flags

Case number 2304983:

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What on earth is that flag supposed to signify? Am I to be reassured that some foreigner does not own the company or drive the truck? Is Bob extra-specially patriotic? Suspicions bolstered below...

Detail of the sign on the lower right of the door. OK, I get it now - that's a rear-engine car (a tire is shown within the bursting hood) - therefore "foreign," right? Nice. I'll be sure to hire Bob next time I'm in South Dakota.


Art by Accident

Another weekend, another car show, thanks to my teen son. But rather than show the glitzy rods, here are some esthetically decaying classics from here and there.

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Garage Doors: The Bevel Made Me Do It

Nothing like beveled corners to add snazz and pizzazz.

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Not only beveled but asymmetrical!

Or if you prefer, right-handed. (What's up with the faux clerestory effect?)

The TV-screen look.

This one looks like it's about to swallow the car.

Here they got just a tad carried away and continued the motif on to the front door.

In case you missed it, here's one from my earlier "bullseye" post.


Garage Doors: Chevrons Galore

Chapter 2, in which all manner of chevrons conquer the neighborhood.

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Querulous chevrons

Chevrons swimming sideways

Embedded chevrons

Chevrons masquerading as bas-relief squares.

A pair of chevrons and a diamond

See you and raise you


The Decline of Eastside Civilization

Signs of the economic times: emptied enterprises.

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Newport Hills Drug, the latest casualty in my neighborhood.

The bar of what was Grazie's Italian restaurant at Factoria Mall.

Remains of a dry-cleaners near Crossroads Mall.

The late Red Apple grocery in Newport Hills.

Lake Heights YMCA shortly before razing. (To be fair, they rebuilt it elsewhere.)

A garage that has shuffled off its mortal coil (Stanwood, Washington).


Garage Doors: Rectilinear Distinction

There are a host of just plain rectangles in Garageworld, but I like rare variations such as these.

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Cells floating proudly with their skinny nuclei.

Reticent rectangles in chains.

Sticking close together for safety.

Offset randomly or by painstaking design?

Optically messing with your head - is this cruciform design just a big rectangle laid over a couple of long ones, or are those four petals surrounding it?

I don't know what this one is trying to tell me.