Sooty

Dressing up a gate

Recommended Posts

I had a pretty ordinary gate, works well but I wanted to make it more interesting. 

I have four fence panels that need some character, any suggestions?

 

190F2756-96C8-4636-93AD-56A0A8A3D995.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mr. Sooty,

How about a small gold colored globe situated at the top right of the gate, (near the pintel/hinge). And situated just to the left of the top branch's end.

It should provide contrast for the leaves and stems' shape. And set off and contrast the dark leaves and stems color. This set-up should complete a very nice composition.

SLAG.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, the leaves are starting to rust and aren’t very dark just poor photography. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The sunlight on the white wall in the background tricked the auto white balance and exposure meter. Overcast days can be your friend when trying to get details. Sorry but no real suggestions for the gate, composition is something I mull over at a snail's pace.

Pnut

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What about a little songbird sitting on the leftmost projection of the lower section of vine, and a grasshopper, katydid, or butterfly somewhere on the other panels? Snails are common additions to gates. I think wire brushing the creature with a brass brush at a black heat would set it apart well. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Spider web?   Snakes undulating between the pickets along the bottom? Little bells that ring when the gate is moved? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Insulators and a 220v connection for solicitors?

Jokes aside. A different variety of climbing plant/vine on the tall pickets either side of the center. Pea or bean vines offer a number of options for small interesting details. Bean pods of course but a reward for folk who take a close look at your work might be something like a caterpillar partially hidden under a leaf or behind a bean. I like including little rewards for looking closer at my work. 

Perhaps long grass blades on the shorter pickets. 

Frosty The Lucky.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are not much for gardening you can make the pot holders and then forge the stuff in them.  Some copper plants can even be patinated to be nice and green and NOT need much in the way of maintenance.

If you really want to dress it up you can look over what Paley did for his Zoo Gates:

https://www.albertpaley.com/index.cfm?Page=Animals Always

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.