Sunday, March 22, 2009

Flint fire hall

This fire hall is on M-21 west in Flint, Michigan. Drawn from a photo by me taken a few years ago. Photo was to be used as reference for a watercolor painting. It never happened. Maybe someday.
Pitt pen, watercolor in a hand*book journal

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

EDM #215

Every Day Matters weekly challenge number 215, draw your thumb. Well, I drew just a bit more.

Pitt pen, watercolor in a hand*book journal.

Lansing City Market

This is the southeast entrance to the Lansing City Market. I have this somewhat out of proportion but it gives you the general idea of what it looks like. Maybe another time I'll try to do a more accurate sketch. But I will have to hurry. This building is being torn down when the new market is done. I don't know the time line though. Seems like this building is about 100 years old. This is also the first sketch in a brand new hand*book journal.

Monday, March 16, 2009

A lot of equipment


We went to the Green Door Blues Bar in the 2000 block of East Michigan Avenue in Lansing last night. Sundays is open mike or sit in Sunday. Lots of musicians with a wide range of talent and all levels. You have to take the so so with the good. That's how a so so musician becomes good. Anyway, I was struck by the wide aray of equipment on the stage. Everybody has their own amp. What I didn't get to draw was the drum kit and the keyboard. But a good time was had by all.
Pitt pen in small Hand*book*Journal.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sausage Mfg. Co.

This building is in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, PA. at the corner of Penn Avenue and 22nd street. Sketched from a photograph taken by me a few years ago on our annual trip to Pittsburgh.
Pitt pen, watercolor in a Hand*book journal.

Friday, March 6, 2009

EDM #213

EDM challenge # 213, draw a microwave. This is ours. It's an old Norelco and was purchased in 1978 or so. The door latch is a bit sticky but it still works just fine. Our kitchen is in the old part of our house and the old part of the house is a quonset building. So to make space for this unit I had to open the curved wall and build in a "box" to set the microwave in. On the right hand side, in the shadows my wife Patty keeps event tickets on magnetic clips. We always know where our tickets are.

Pitt pen, watercolor in a Hand book journal.

Railroad depot, GTW

This is the old Grand Trunk Western depot on South Washington Avenue in Lansing, Michigan. The tracks beside it are now Canadian National. The last use of this building was a blues club. We spent a fair amount of time there and heard some really good bands. The tracks are 10 or 12 feet from the building and I can remember seeing trains going by but never hearing them or feeling their vibration. The grand old building is now falling into disrepair rapidly. I didn't indicate the missing roof tiles or the broken windows. If it isn't maintained soon it will have to be torn down.

Pitt pen, watercolor in a Hand book journal.

Mason elevator

I spent a little time in Mason Michigan today. Was able to sketch the north end of the Mason Elevator complex. I needed a bit more time but this describes it fairly well.
Pitt pen, watercolor in a Hand book journal

Monday, March 2, 2009

Red band


The Detroit Edison keeps track of the condition of their utility poles and when one needs to be replaced they nail a red steel band around it. This particular pole is across the street from our house and is way back off the road. Should be some good sketching opportunities when they do the work. Lots of big trucks with high lifts. And I know for sure they will leave some rutts in the lawn. Glad I won't have to be the one to fix them.

Pitt pen, watercolor, in a Hand book journal

Sunday, March 1, 2009

They've got mail


Rural mailboxes are sometimes an interesting subject. This first one in right across the street from my house and I look at it from my drawing board. It is quite a simple affair with it's two paper boxes.

Pitt sepia pen in a Hand book journal
This next sketch though is a different story. Five mail boxes plus an array of paper boxes all on different types of posts. One mail box is green. One paper box is red. During the summer there is always a pile of "free" papers on the ground around these boxes and then there will be a few free phone books dropped there too. Seems to always be a mess. This is visible from my window but I have to lean foreward a bit to get the view. Anyone else have "mailbox" stories?

Micron pen, watercolor in a Hand book journal.