Thursday Doors: Chapel Doors

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about an amazing experience we had while visiting San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In that post, I shared photos of the riotous colors and fantastic mosaics we found all over Casa de las Ranas and the Chapel of Jimmy Ray, the property owned by artist Anado McLauchlin and his husband Richard Schultz.

As anyone who read that post can imagine, Anado’s creativity didn’t end with his fantastical wall mosaics and fanciful art assemblages; the doors, gates, and portals on their property were just as enchanting, playful, and full of whimsy.

Although these may not look like doors normally found on chapels, they are rich with a joyful spirit and offer a salvation from boring.

The front gate leading to their courtyard and Casa de las Ranas.
The interior side of the gate.
Anado and Richard’s art studio door.
One of the colorful gates on the walls surrounding their property.
Gate assembled from reclaimed wood.
Whimsical collection of weathered wood and whatever.
This colorful archway led into a small meditation room.
There were a lot of symbols from eastern religions incorporated in Anado’s art.
Yikes… not sure what’s behind this door.
A happy skeleton wearing a skull necklace.
Anado was as colorful as his doors.

Don’t forget to head on over to Norm’s blog to view more of his beautiful collection of doors from Nova Scotia, then click on the blue frog at the end of his post to see what others have shared.

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54 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Chapel Doors”

  1. Wow! Love all the texture and color. Anado is living his truth, fersure — LOVE the red studio doors, all that detail. What a happy, happy place. 😀

  2. Doors always have had a fascination with me. Amazing what variety of doors are offered by your post! The big and the small, the plain and the colourful, they are all there, Janis.

  3. Hi, Janis – These doors are each so much fun that I could not pick a favourite no matter how hard I tried. If I truly had to choose a favourite, I would choose the photo of Anado himself. What an interesting man — I would love to have the chance to speak with him.
    Awesome post!

    1. Anado has quite a back story. There is a documentary film called “A Guy from Oklahoma” (which I haven’t seen yet, but the trailer looks interesting) which is all about him and his journey. Before our tour, when Anado stepped out of those big red studio doors wearing that outfit, I knew we were in for a treat.

  4. I remember those colorful shoes from your last post Janis because they intrigued me. This is beyond colorful and my favorite colors for all the posts about the doors and artwork is the use of turquoise, the salmony-orange color and the pink. Even the steer skull was colorful!

  5. I have developed “door envy” over the last several weeks of your beautiful postings…but this one tops them all. The riot of colors and mosaics just give me a thrill. 🙂

  6. Like your word choice with salvation from boring – ha
    And anado is colorful too.
    Your post reminds me there is a time for color and Mexico sure does it well

  7. Hi Janis
    The clarity and richness of the color in these photos is amazing. Interestingly, my favorite is the gate built from reclaimed wood. The least colorful. The plant vining over the top is beautiful and I love the brick work leading up to it.
    Anado and Richard are as colorful and their property and art.
    Thanks for sharing more of your trip

  8. Great find, Janis. Casa de las Ranas looks like a door-lovers dream. I’ll have to look up Señor Anado next time I am in San Miguel.

  9. Anando himself is wonderfully unusual!! It’s like he has so much art inside of him that he has begun to personify it!!

    I love the arched doorway to the meditation room – SO MUCH WORK went into this one doorway. My favourite though is the gate with all the fish on the inside. Wonderfully whimsical.

  10. Wow, these are amazing doors Janis, what a fantastic collection and a real colour explosion. I love that the artist matches the doors in his appearance too. love colour and brightness but some of these might just be too colourful even for me. I’m like others in that I can’t pick a favourite, I love them all, even the skeleton 🙂

    1. I’m a big fan of color but also prefer my home and clothes to be much more subdued. I love that others are not as “boring” as I am, though, because it’s fun to visit, admire, snap a few photos… then back to my white walls and spots of color 🙂

  11. Such an entrancing aesthetic of colour. Does Anando sell his art or do work for others on commission? Or is his home primarily a personal passion project?


    1. I believe some of his assemblages are for sale (you can see one next to the arched entryway) but his art is mostly an expression of his creativity and passion. I did buy a brightly colored bracelet from him at the end of the tour… mostly to help support his work.

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