In this post I want to share some recent photos and drawings with you. Enjoy!
crosscut wood sections used as ground cover...
This Mondrian-inspired installation (made with spools of thread) graces
the wall behind the hotel desk at the Hilton in the NYC Fashion district
created by artist Devorah Sperber
even something as ordinary as stacks of similar items,
in this case, the contents of goodie bags for "Quilters Take Manhattan",
have visual appeal (at least, to me!)
who isn't inspired by colorful spools of gorgeous trim?
Seen here at M&J Trimming NYC
...and then there is the visual overload of Mood Fabric in NYC!
Do you see Jamie Fingal in this photo?
Thank you, Mood!
the incredible visual symmetry that is the pattern of branches on a tree.
Seen here on the High Line, NYC
(one of my favorite places in the city)
Driving into NYC in May, I noted the wonderful architectural symmetry of a bridge.
Be comforted by the fact that I was not behind the wheel when I took this!!
Taken at an architectural salvage place in Philadelphia,
these old barrels satisfy two obsessions: circles, and circles
"squished together" in a large group!
Old lamposts and other architectural columns.
Stacks of carved cement and plaster.
I want to take them all home!
I think this sketch, in particular, is quite visually confusing.
I was focusing on the shadows as well as the darker areas of the rusted post
with the "squarish" base at the top of the pile. No doubt, this drawing
would benefit from a bit of watercolor or marker to define the values a bit more.
Still, it was fun to work almost exclusively on the shadows,
as I did with all the other drawings.
Almost always, shadows "ground" the object and give it form and definition. Try making a drawing using only the shadows. Magically, the form will take shape!
Cast shadow from a window, with additional shadows from the cabinetry and hardware.
So. Although I love to draw on-site, sometimes a photograph is a great visual reference to a set of patterns that I find attractive. What do you love to look at? What do you photograph?
Have fun: that is the most important thing. As you can see by my own drawings (done in a moleskine with a Sharpie marker) they aren't perfect. Perfect is highly overrated...