Sunday, December 13, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Between meetings for a project back home, I stopped by this place and asked if they'd mind my sketching. The owner really got a kick out of it, and even brought me a chair to sit in.
I remember this place so well from growing up. A place for which you made your parents drive the long way home. An article appeared in the local paper a few years ago (see this link) telling the story of the father, Melvin Wright, who started the business, and the son, Melvin, Jr., who is keeping it up.
Of architectural interest is the building itself. The Pure Oil Company built its gas stations in the 30's and 40's in a Tudor Revival style, attempting to blend with the residential neighborhoods in which they were built. This example still has the original circular blue enamel sign above the entrance, echoing the shape and size of the hundreds of hubcaps hanging on the building.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Back in DC for an NCARB meeting. Incredible weather, leaving the floodwaters of South Carolina behind.
Franklin Square with a statue of Admiral John Barry, though they all look like George to me.
The view from my hotel, the Public Library, though every time I tried to go in, it was closed for a private event. The Convention Center is beyond.
Louis Farrakhan addressing a capacity crowd on the Mall for the anniversary of the Million Man March. Though his rhetoric was inflammatory, the crowd seemed mostly interested in enjoying the incredible weather. He did pique my interest when he said that the recent flooding in Columbia, South Carolina was God's retribution.
On this trip I received more comments from passersby about my sketching. The drawing that received the most praise is below, done by my five year old daughter. It's my favorite, as well.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
Piano lesson with Mrs. Marian Stanley Tucker.
Upon a solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 1948, The New York Herald Tribune described her as "...quite a pianist in the grand manner... an astonishing technique and tone, and a fine sense of poetry and romance."
Her home is as fascinating as she is. Pope John Paul II once sat in an antique armchair she owns, the back of which is in the center of the picture.
This is the second sketch I've done while waiting on the lessons. The kids can only handle short bursts, so we're in and out in about 30 minutes.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
My son reading in the room that has seen so many hours of me and my siblings reading, playing games, listening to music, and playing music. We had a great time with many young cousins doing the same. The same old wooden blocks we played with can be seen in the foreground. Also, multiple Easter egg hunts in the yard.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Yesterday I had the chance to sit in on an etching workshop taught by Steven Chapp. I used a sketch I'd done at lunch the day before. The technique is known as "drypoint intaglio," a fancy way to describe tracing our image onto plexiglass, inking it, and running it through a press. Cool process, and educational. It was held at if Art Gallery in Columbia, where an exhibit of Chapp's work can be seen.
While at my mother's over the holidays, I came across these Christmas cards from an architect friend of my grandparents. Walker O. Cain worked for the firm McKim, Mead and White in New York, and later headed the firm in its last iteration, Walker O. Cain Associates. I remember seeing these growing up, but never put together who had done them. They remain inspirational pieces: