Drawing With a Pen #6

These drawings are both of locations in Center City Philadelphia; they were done from photos I took in December 2013.




16 thoughts on “Drawing With a Pen #6

  1. Manja Mexi Movie

    I was always curious about No Turn on Red when younger, and before I visited the USA. In Europe we don’t have this, you see. So I thought some people must be really forgetful if they can’t keep in mind what red light means. 🙂

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    Yes. This is just the kind of thing I puzzle over myself. Details noticed that don’t add up. And for me, I must figure out others seem to dismiss or skip over! Right turn on red, now, I was a child when that came out, and I used to prompt my parents, sitting at a light when they didn’t have to.

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. You know, I usually interpret this same scene as safe; a feeling of enclosure. Interesting. Also, these are from places I’ve known for forty years. Home. So I no longer see them as what they are. Interesting again.

  4. Norunn Mølsæter

    nice skechings, would make nice urban paintings aswell. -and the safe enclosure versus the claustrofobia I find interresting too, comes down to what you know and feel about the place i guess…

  5. Laura (PA Pict)

    I really enjoy the energy of your mark making in these. They seem to suggest something about the hustle and bustle of the scene being depicted. It’s interesting to me that you’ve chosen scenes that are intersections. Choices to be made. Directions to be pursued. Maybe I’m reading too much into it.

  6. Claudia McGill Post author

    I’ve made lots and lots of city scenes over the years, especially in collage, and mostly of Philadelphia. I worked in the city itself for many years and so these streets have many memories for me, layers and layers. I guess that is why I keep coming back to depicting these street scenes.

  7. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. No, I think I choose intersections for what you are saying. Things are happening there. And I like the look of people, cars, streets, etc. coming and going in different directions but somehow it is all working out. I marvel at that same thing at traffic lights, lobbies of hotels, etc.

  8. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I made cityscape collages in the size you mention, in the past. It’s an undertaking but the results are satisfying. Maybe as I feel more confident with drawing I’ll work bigger. Right now 6″ x 6″ seems a lot for me to fill and have it make sense.!

  9. Claudia McGill Post author

    I’m really liking doing these and I am finding it a challenge to work in just black and white, when I have depended so much on color, but I want to keep trying. I learn with each one, and I also like the contemplative aspect of working like this, more slowly, and paying attention to detail. Wonder why I never tried it before, but, maybe this is just the time!

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