The painter of Birds – Vale da Paixão

This double room at Casa aOrta is named after the intense and sheer energy of Lídia Jorge’s novel “The painter of birds” (in Portuguese: “Vale da Paixão”).

Walter Dias’ footsteps again pause on the landing, as they did on that night when he visited his daughter; he slips off his shoes and prepares to continue up the stairs, lithe as a shadow and keeping close to the wall, and I cannot dissuade or stop him, for the simple reason that I want him to reach the last step quickly, to open the door without knocking and to cross the narrow threshold without saying a word.

“The Painter of Birds” From Lídia Jorge


The Portuguese title means literally “The valley of Passion”. With that in mind, we’ve decorated this room with light furniture, aiming slightly for a fairy-tale-like feeling. We’ve also asked a local artist to make a digital art with birds interacting, since the book speaks vividly about the paintings of bids that the father sent to her daughter from around the world. We haven’t found the right frames for the watercolor-like digital arts yet, so they’re not in the room wall at the moment. But be sure that I’ll post those pictures as soon as they’re hung there.


Mirror, hanger and shelves in the double room Painter of Birds

Mirror, hanger and shelves in the double room Painter of Birds



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