A couple of days before Christmas I spotted a painting in the window of a picture frame shop that really intrigued me. The painting showed a wide stairway between buildings in what looked like Paris. Half way up the stairs curved, disappearing out of sight, and in the curve stood a doorway.
Hours afterwards I was still thinking about that painting, so I phoned the store to ask for the artist's name - and was told the owner had already collected the painting, and they knew nothing.
So I hit Google. I still haven't found that particular picture, but I found dozens of others along the way, and finally uncovered why I'm so attracted to doors and stairways. It's their potential.
Anything could lie behind that door or at the top of the stairs. They suggest possibilities, but leave those possibilities up to our imaginations.
The idea so enthralled me that I've decided that each month on this blog I'm going to post a picture of a door or a stairway, and I'm going to ask you to tell me what you think lies beyond the door. Where is this? Who lives here? Why? And what is their story?
Starting right now with this one, from artist David Villec.