The first is a gouache painting by English illustrator Harold Jones (1904-1992). I want to visit the outside and inside of this doorway--both spaces tantalize. I love the composition framed by the doorway, I love the glossy black paint, I love the little flock of birds, I love the stick propping the door to let in air on a fine spring day (or maybe winter day--our winter was so snowy this year, that bare greenish lawn connotes spring to me.)
I found it at the Tate Gallery.
This is a lithograph (I think) by German artist Horst Janssen (1929-1995). I found it on a A Polar Bear's Tale. I love the creases and bumps, the blue-black exteriors and warm-toned insides. To me these shoes express energy and resolve.
This last engraving didn't exactly "strike" me, but I do like it. It reminds me of my kids who like to "explore" a lot in the the early spring before tall, tall grass grows up in the wild places around here.
The artist is Frederick Walker (1840-1875). You can find this piece and other illustrations by him at The Tate Gallery.