At the Train Station

I like train stations, and we have a lot of them in my area – since we have multiple commuter rail lines going into the city. There are always interesting buildings in the vicinity of the actual station building, too. Here are a couple I encountered this past summer.

This first grouping is in Bryn Mawr, PA. It’s a building directly associated with the station. (If you want to see more details, take a look at this post I wrote about a walk in the area of the station my husband and I took.) I liked its architecture as well as its state of decay.

The second grouping shows the end house in a row of homes right up on the tracks in Glenside, PA.

I like train stations, as I said, and I think I will be looking at their environs more closely from now on – there is a lot to see.

Reflection and Drawing

Recently I posted photos of window reflections from a walk I took in Ardmore PA this summer. Here is another photo of the barbershop I showed you and a drawing I made from it.

I did not try to capture the feeling of reflections here. Instead, I treated the photo as a series of shapes and images lying flat, and worked with the resulting patterns and how they interacted.

I enjoyed it and I will try this kind of thing again.

Minuscule Illustrations: Accounting

In October 2017 I came across an internet blog challenge for a story written in two sentences. I wrote a story. Liking the format, I did another one. Another one. And another.

Quite a few stories later, I had enough for a book. Not only did I have stories, but I had written a short poem and created a brush and India ink illustration for each one as well.

The result was Minuscule, published in 2018. I’m now going to show you the book illustrations as an ongoing feature on this blog, once a week. I’ll link back to the story (they have been published one by one on my poetry blog).

If you want to hold the entire book in your hand, the print version is available on Amazon.

Today’s story is “Accounting”. Read it here.

 

 

Hotel Room

Here’s a drawing done in July 2020 about an event that happened in June 2020.

We had a very destructive windstorm, frightening, and causing widespread damage, and our power was out for several days. We spent one night in a hotel. It was a nervous time – we had been on lockdown for the pandemic for almost 90 days at this point and what might have been a run-of-the-mill thing to do in past times was full of anxiety for us, but we needed to be out of the house.

The hotel experience was stress-free once we got there – it was a brand-new hotel and the room was lovely, with a little kitchen and comfortable sofa. It turned out to be very helpful to our mental health.

So, here is a drawing that looks very ordinary but represents a lot of emotions. I was very grateful for being able to take refuge here.

Library Card Collages

Here’s how it goes. I take a library card (purchased from a library supply company, because I like these cards for many reasons, including their nostalgia value for me).

I paste cut-out words or phrases on each one. These snips are random selections from old books. I fill up the card.

I write poetry using these out-of-the-blue words or phrases and I let them take me wherever they want to go.

Then, I color the cards. Because I think it’s fun and they are pretty.

That’s about it.

Take a look at a recent group.

Minuscule Illustrations: Enigma

 

In October 2017 I came across an internet blog challenge for a story written in two sentences. I wrote a story. Liking the format, I did another one. Another one. And another.

Quite a few stories later, I had enough for a book. Not only did I have stories, but I had written a short poem and created a brush and India ink illustration for each one as well.

The result was Minuscule, published in 2018. I’m now going to show you the book illustrations as an ongoing feature on this blog, once a week. I’ll link back to the story (they have been published one by one on my poetry blog).

If you want to hold the entire book in your hand, the print version is available on Amazon.

Today’s story is “Enigma”. Read it here.

 

 

Ardmore Reflections

I enjoy taking photos of reflections and I especially like reflections in store windows. Here are some views I found in Ardmore, PA, when my husband and I took a walk there this summer.

As background, this area is a suburb on Philadelphia’s Main Line with a shopping district arrayed along Lancaster Avenue and extending a couple of blocks off it. I am very familiar with the area, having gone to college near here and then living a couple of miles away for several years.

If you want to see more of the area, I wrote a couple of posts about this outing on my personal blog. Look here – Ardmore Walk 1 and its companion posts, 2, 3, and 4, which follow it.)

There is always the question of what is real, and what is reflected, in this kind of photo. I like the uncertainty.

Whole Lotta Tiny Tiles

In September 2020 I made about 200 tiny tiles to serve as art-drop-off items (if you wonder what I am talking about, I leave art items in the various places I go for people to find. I chronicle these activities on my personal blog, Sometimes You Get So Confused).

Anyway, here is a selection to view. For these tiles, I used low-fire clay, Velvet underglazes, and low-fire glazes, fired at cone 06. I think this combination shows off the sculptural qualities these tiles have.

Clay Creatures

Here are some clay creatures made in September, 2020.

First up, this three-legged insect creature. He’s maybe 8 inches tall or so.

You may remember the puff people I used to make – in the dozens, if not hundreds. Here are a couple, to remind you.

Here is a variation on that theme.

For both of these new creatures, I used sgraffito and scratching techniques as well as using clay stamps I made myself. The eyes in particular were made with a stamp.

How about a drama shot, to end the post?