Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sketchcrawl #22

International Sketchcrawl #22. Old Town Lansing, Michigan, April 11, 2009. It was a great day, sunny but not warm. But there was no lack of subject matter and the folks at the Portable Feast restaurant were very friendly and had lots of good coffee.
1221 Turner Street. The door on the right was very interesting. I didn't quite get it right though. It is actually narrower that I have it shown. And the window above it on the second floor is also narrow and all the rest are wider.
This building is on the north side of Grand River Avenue in the 200 block east. There are old rail road tracks next to it and I suspect that it was, at one time, a passenger terminal. I had never noticed there is what appears to be a platform along the east side, by the tracks. This sketch didn't do justice to this building and one day I will re sketch it and add color and hopefully learn more of it's history.

And this is MA (Michigan Avenue) tower now in North Lansing just south of Grand River Avenue and along a spur track to Freidland Iron. At least they saved it and didn't tear it down. Don't know when it was moved here. I would assume the stairway that went to the second floor of this tower has long since been removed. It would be quite an effort to go to work without them. This tower is in very good shape and is clad in a pale green aluminum siding.

One of many lamp posts in Old Town Lansing with a banner flag promoting Old Town.

This building is the Southern most on the west side of Turner Street. My planning is off a long way here. I should of drawn it with the first floor showing as the store window is very colorful. Maybe another time. The brickwork on the side of the building is interesting. There are several course of bricks that are not parallel with the plane of the building but are running and maybe a 10 degree angle from the rest of the bricks. I would guess that there was another building next to it years past. There is a parking lot next to it now.
all in this post, Pitt artist pen, watercolor in a Hand*book journal drawn on location with color added in my studio.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Beaver Pennsylvania

This is a sketch of the old Railway Express building at Beaver Pennsylvania. Very well maintained. This is on a CSXT main line. Just to the north is the old railroad depot. It is used as a 911 call center.
It was a beautiful sunny warm day, April 2nd and we had coffee at a small shop in downtown Beaver. This was what was across the street. My vertical lines went askew a bit but you get the idea. There is enough scenes in this little town to fill several sketchbooks.
Pitt pen, watercolor in a hand*book journal.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Boogie in the Burgh 2009

We just returned from our annual Pittsburgh dance trip. Every year the Steel City Boogie Club puts on this dance. About 500 people and a very good time is had by all. This year was their eleventh year. We have been there for all eleven. This is the canopy over the front door from the porch of the Embassy Suites hotel near the Pittsburgh airport where the dance is held. This day it was in the 60s and no coat was needed. Sadly, two days later the flag in this sketch would be lowered to half mast in honor of three police officers killed April 4th.

The two sketches above are of people in the ballroom either in the workshops or just observing as I was. The bottom sketch is of two of the many couples trying to learn some new dance moves.
Pitt pen, watercolor in Hand*book Journal

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Last sketch of 2018. Happy New Year everyone.