Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Park Guell Barcelona

Park Guell was my most favorite place in Barcelona.  I could have stayed there all day, maybe even two days.  So much to see, so much color.  It was so way ahead of its time, too.  The big open area actually collected water and filtered it through sand.  I can't imagine how much time it had taken to install all of the mosaic tiles in the park.  I wonder if anyone had ever counted them?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fiverr projects

I've been doing sketches of people's house on Fiverr.com to keep my sketching going over the winter.  Here are a couple that I've done so far.

If you'd like a house sketch, you can go here:  My Fiverr Site

Monday, October 14, 2013

Another Tremont House

Here's another house within walking distance of where I live.  I really like how the siding is vertical, nice and different from most houses around here. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Clover Avenue

The tan house on the left is where I live, and the green house on the right is another house on the street.  This is a short street, and it'd be great to sketch them all, but so many of them are almost completely obstructed by trees.  That's a good thing, usually, unless you want to get a good sketch of it from across the street.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Scranton Road House

This house is on Scranton Road in the Tremont area of the city.  There are a lot of houses of this style, but they all look different.  This one is one of my favorites.  It was such a nice morning today to be outside and sketching, so I "jumped" at the chance.  And, by "jumped," I mean that it took me a bit to get moving this morning, but it's always one of those things that I'm happier when I've gone out and sketched, than if I didn't. 

The sun was getting high in the sky, making it a bit hard to see toward the end, but as always, people were very nice when I'm out and sketching.

It was weird, but then I ran a couple errands, and everyone out and about in Tremont and Ohio City were all so nice today.  At the grocery store, people were dancing around the aisles to the store's music and chatting up with each other.  When I went to go to the bakery (which was closed), people were stopping to wave me in and out of traffic.  The guy at the car wash let me go before him. 

You can't beat these final nice days of the year.  Everyone's a little nicer.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Steelyard Commons

I have to admit, I sketch at Steelyard Commons because it's easy.  It's very close, and I can sketch from my car when it's rainy or chilly.  There are a lot of things down there to sketch, because there are relics from the old steelyard that used to inhabit that part of the city.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sokolowski's University Inn

I drew Sokolowski's early one Sunday morning.  That way I wouldn't be tempted by the great smells wafting from inside.  It is great food, but it's heavy food.  They serve in a cafeteria line where you get dessert first.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

It's Still Jacobs Field to Us

I usually go to one Indias' game a year.  I do enjoy being at the ballpark, but it's not all that affordable, so I only go when the tickets are free.  I got 2 free tickets from buying gas over the summer from BP, so I invited a good friend to go with me.  We were sitting way up at the top, like may be 8 or 9 rows from the top.  The park isn't all that big, so you could still see very well.

Now, here's the thing about things in Cleveland.  Even though it's been Progressive Field for a couple of years now, everyone in Cleveland still calls it Jacobs' Field, which was its original name when it opened in 1994.  It's not that we're making a statement against Progressive Insurance, mind you.  It's just that we do that with everything.  In fact, old schoolers around here, refer to Macy's as May Company, and those stores haven't been May Company probably for 30 years (and they were Kaufmann's in between), and they referred to Dillard's as Higbees.  Quicken Loans Arena is still call the Gund, and let's face it, that's going to stick because Quicken Loans doesn't roll off of the tongue at all.  I'm sure it's confusing when we give directions to people, because when we tell them to pass Jacob's Field or the Jake, they'll never find it. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Tim Willis's Robot at MOCA

This is 18 foot robot that Cleveland area aritst, Tim Willis made and set up on Euclid Ave. at MOCA (the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art).  He also had several monster cars and trucks there for people to climb into.

I tried to find a website for Tim Willis, but I didn't seem to find one.  If anyone is aware of where to find a link to him online, please let me know.  I'd like to link here in case people want to learn more about his work.