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The Noble Stoop

South End Boston art

Newly printed “Stoop Violets”

One of the charms of my Boston neighborhood is the stoop, usually with curvy wrought iron rails, that leads up to many a 1850s row house. It’s not at all uncommon to see front stoops adorned with potted flowering plants, just as soon as spring will allow.

I’ve taken a lot of photographs of these stoops in the past eight years, and recently I painted one of the photos translucently. The result is “Stoop Violets,” seen above.

“Stoop Violets” is a 16″ x 20″ giclée print, expertly printed by photographer Mark Peterson. Mark has been printing my work for over six years now, and he’s so good with color management.

Sometimes my color choices can be challenging to print, so I suspect he cringes a little when I bring him new work to print.

And now, here are just a few of the many stoops in Boston’s South End neighborhood:

South End stoop Paula Ogier

South End Boston Paula Ogier

South End stoops Paula Ogier

South End stoops Paula Ogier

South End Boston Paula Ogier



Paula Ogier Artworks


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Hi there. I’m artist Paula Ogier. In this blog I write about about new works, projects in process, life as a working artist, life in Boston, and inspirations and challenges in growing an art business. I live and work in Boston's South End neighborhood. I'm fond of big cities, architecture, great imaginative spaces, talking to cats, food & drink, gardening, wandering around on foot, binge-watching well written shows, and of course, making art. Artist website: Twitter: Paula Ogier Artworks My studio is in Boston's SoWa Arts District at 450 Harrison Avenue, Studio 203.


  1. I love stoops. My grandmother had brick stoops on the front and side of her little house —first to be built on the block in the 1930s — in Queens, NY. I played a lot of stoop ball (bouncing a rubber ball off the steps) and card games (sitting on top of the stoop) with my neighborhood friends during June, July and August in the 1960s and early 70s… Thank you for documenting some of the much more elegant stoops in your neighborhood, Paula!


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