Author Archives: Claudia McGill

About Claudia McGill

A person who does art and writes poetry. That's me!

Ongoing Fascination with Reflections in Store Windows

The title of this post says it all. Here are some photos I took in Bryn Mawr, PA, in April, 2022.

This first photo shows what looks to be a storage (?) area for the nearby hospital thrift shop. Maybe? Or else it’s someone’s treasure trove open to public view (with a member of the public photographing herself taking a photo as well).

Oh, dear, what a lot going on here.

The city with a chandelier for starlight, I think. Not needed right now in the daytime. But imagine how it would be to look up at the night sky and see this constellation all lit up!

All right, this one is not containing a reflection, but I liked the way the ancient Venetian blinds cut the window into sections. It’s the same shop as in the first photo, from a different window.

My favorite subjects ever – mannequins. I do so love a haughty figure staring disdainfully down at me, wearing chic clothes and a reflected view of the surroundings.

2003 Calendar – July

Here’s a project I did in 2001-2002 that I had forgotten about. Now, here in 2022, I will take a trip down memory lane and show it to you, once each month.

Why this schedule? Because it is a calendar. For 2003.

I made three of these – one for my son, one for my parents, and one for my husband. It’s the last one that I am showing to you. They were all alike except for the covers.

I hoped this calendar could be a small record of a certain time in our family. I do not know if my son still has his version, and my parents now are dead and their things scattered and gone, but here is the one we still have at our house, a voice speaking up again from the past.

If you want to know more about this calendar, look here.

Here is the collage image I used for the month of July, 2003. It’s called “July Retreat” and was 14″ x 11″. It depicts the front porch of our neighbor at the house where we lived in 2001-2002, when I was collecting items for this calendar. The porch was a large wrap-around structure and it was furnished with all kinds of comfortable chairs and sofas and tables. Our neighbors often sat outside or ate dinner there.

Here is the page in the calendar.

Happy July!

Item one, Bob is my husband and July is his birthday month. Item two, Arthur was my cat before I got married, a fellow with a difficult personality, and my husband learned to tolerate him and later to like him (a little). I mention garden items again – the purple hydrangeas were a beautiful deep purple color I still remember. Item 10 – our house was a large place with window air conditioners, and it wasn’t possible to cool it all. Being thrifty we tried to run the a/c as little as possible.

Large Artist Sketchbook 2021 Pages 49 and 50

Here’s another one of my artist sketchbooks for you to see. It was finished in May of 2021 but the artworks were done over the previous year or so, I guess. I’ll be showing you page spreads, one each week, for as long as the book goes on.

As you know, I make these books for my own enjoyment. I work on a page as the inclination strikes me and I never have a plan for the book or for the artwork that goes into it. There is no theme, no meaning, other than what each image shows the viewer and the viewer takes away from the experience.

In this book I did artwork on the front and back of each page. There’s nothing written associated with the images, and the images paired in each page spread do not relate to each other in any way except for being side by side.

I hope you enjoy looking at this book!

Here is the page spread for today:

And here are the individual pages.

Tiny House 7

You may remember me mentioning a visit with a good friend, Diane, back in April. I made her a Tiny House and she took it home with her to North Carolina. On her way there, she stopped at her daughter and son-in-law’s house in Maryland for a few days, and she showed the Tiny House to their son, her small grandson.

She told me he was intrigued by it. I remembered how much I liked Tiny Houses when I was young (although none we ever made were very elaborate, mostly being shoeboxes with windows and doors cut in them and decorated with crayons, etc.).

The idea came to us that he might like a Tiny House of his own. So I got to work. I made it a bit larger than I usually make Tiny Houses, thinking he would want to have plenty of room for whatever toys and purposes he might want to put it to. I also tried to make it extra well constructed – though with this kind of building, some tape and paint will fix everything.

Also, I thought he might like some interesting features – so I added an attic and a balcony.

All right, let’s see this Tiny House! Here you see the basic front and back view.

Here are some more views of the overall house from different angles.

Here are some of the features – starting with the front door:

And here is a window:

Some balcony details (and by the way, the balcony was constructed from the bottom of a cereal box):

The garden and its path:

A person who was passing by:

And here are detail images of the interior. As you can see, there are four rooms and an attic. Plenty of room!

And here are some various details of the house.

OK, that’s it! I shipped the house to Maryland and that is where it is now.

We Are More Than Our Labels

I made this postcard from faces I’d done some time earlier – I pasted them on the card and then it sat for quite some time. One day I was doing some Snippets poetry and I used some words as descriptions for these faces.

Well, it works fine for this moment in time when they are exhibiting these characteristics, right? But if they change their moods or expressions or their outlooks on life, their labels will change, too.

Something to think about, maybe.

Tiny House 6

Back in April, my friend Diane was in town. I’ve known her for 25 years, +/-. We met at an art show in the 1990’s and have been friends ever since. She now lives in North Carolina and though we have been in close touch over the internet, I had not seen her for about 5 years.

She means a lot to me, and that’s an understatement, no matter how loud I say it! So you can imagine I was thrilled to see her. I wanted to give her something to take home with her to remind her of our meeting and all our past history. So I decided to make her a Tiny House.

I do not think she will mind if I show it to you. Here is the front and back.

I thought she would like a house with an attic (studio?).

Here are side views.

And here are some pictures with more detail, showing the inside and outside.

Well, there it is. A Tiny House for a friend. Good feelings make this one a Tiny Home, I think.

Large Artist Sketchbook 2021 Pages 47 and 48

Here’s another one of my artist sketchbooks for you to see. It was finished in May of 2021 but the artworks were done over the previous year or so, I guess. I’ll be showing you page spreads, one each week, for as long as the book goes on.

As you know, I make these books for my own enjoyment. I work on a page as the inclination strikes me and I never have a plan for the book or for the artwork that goes into it. There is no theme, no meaning, other than what each image shows the viewer and the viewer takes away from the experience.

In this book I did artwork on the front and back of each page. There’s nothing written associated with the images, and the images paired in each page spread do not relate to each other in any way except for being side by side.

I hope you enjoy looking at this book!

Here is the page spread for today:

And here are the individual pages.

C is for Claudia and for Chair and also for Cars

In March/April 2022, I took an online sketching class at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. I was looking for an opportunity to get myself back into drawing. My eye problems of summer and fall 2021 into early 2022 had shaken my confidence in my ability to see well enough to do pen and ink drawing, and I thought a regular schedule of sketching would be good to start me moving again.

The class was a lot of fun, the instructor was great, and my goal was met – I did a lot of drawing and I enjoyed myself. I’ll show you what I worked on in a series of posts.

Thanks to my instructor, Zoungy Kligge, and my classmates for a good experience.

An alternative choice for the C is for…assignment was cars. I drew a couple of situations involving cars. Just for fun. Because I also like drawing cars.

Both of these scenes were from photos I took of the same parking lot in a shopping center near my house.

C is for Claudia and for Chair: Four

In March/April 2022, I took an online sketching class at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. I was looking for an opportunity to get myself back into drawing. My eye problems of summer and fall 2021 into early 2022 had shaken my confidence in my ability to see well enough to do pen and ink drawing, and I thought a regular schedule of sketching would be good to start me moving again.

The class was a lot of fun, the instructor was great, and my goal was met – I did a lot of drawing and I enjoyed myself. I’ll show you what I worked on in a series of posts.

Thanks to my instructor, Zoungy Kligge, and my classmates for a good experience.

You may be saying, what, more chairs?

Yes, more chairs. Here are additional pictures from our first class assignment – remember, my part was to draw chairs, because C is for Claudia and for Chair!

I can tell you that these are the last of the chairs. As I said earlier, I drew a lot of them. I really like drawing furniture.

C is for Claudia and for Chair: Three

In March/April 2022, I took an online sketching class at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. I was looking for an opportunity to get myself back into drawing. My eye problems of summer and fall 2021 into early 2022 had shaken my confidence in my ability to see well enough to do pen and ink drawing, and I thought a regular schedule of sketching would be good to start me moving again.

The class was a lot of fun, the instructor was great, and my goal was met – I did a lot of drawing and I enjoyed myself. I’ll show you what I worked on in a series of posts.

Thanks to my instructor, Zoungy Kligge, and my classmates for a good experience.

Here are some more chair pictures from our first class assignment – remember, my part was to draw chairs, because C is for Claudia and for Chair!