Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Playhouse Square and Chandelier

This is from the sketch outing of the Urban Sketchers Cleveland this past June.  Never got around to posting them.  I was happy to get 2 sketches done, that's more than I usually get accomplished in the time we're there.  It was a great showing of sketchers, several new ones.

The chandelier was installed this year over the intersection of Euclid Ave and East 14th.  It's really big, and a lot of people showed up the night of the first light up.  It's really stricking, and the buildings around there are very detailed and historic.  I think that's why so many people showed up to sketch that day. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Charlie's Restaurant

This was one of the busiest areas that I've ever sketched.  Though, just cars.  Only one person passed me while I was drawing, and he offered to get me a drink.  It took a little longer to draw, just because there were times when there was enough traffic blocking my view when the lights would change.

I've been wanting to draw this little place for a long time.  It's in the corner of a shopping strip parking lot, facing the street, it's back to the parking lot.  I just love how half of it looks like a dog house and has two howling dogs painted on it.

It's one of those places that I couldn't get any other sketchers to join me at, so I went myself this morning. 

I'm going to run out of days where it's comfortable to sketch soon.  Today, it wasn't cold, but I did have to wear a serious coat.  You know the winter weather is coming, look at the ad I drew for a coat that is "like a down jacket, but stronger." 

The rear end of a red car you see, that's mine.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Latest Outings

Top sketch was done from the overlook on Abby Road near Sokolowski's.

The bottom one was done from the parking lot at Merwin's Wharf along the river.

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 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.