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Sometimes All the World is a Piece of Art

If you think of the whole world as a composition, then there are brushstrokes of color everywhere.

I found these in Allentown, PA, this last weekend. Look at them and enjoy this world where bright spots are everywhere just for the looking.

Some colors are muted or subdued:

And some are loud and clear in their message.

And then there are the combinations of color and pattern that catch your eye.

Go ahead, walk around. Take a look.

Allentown Drive-By Sketches 9

Back in June 2020 my husband and I took a drive through Allentown, PA, which is about an hour from our house. We had moved from a strict lockdown to one step less restrictive about a week before, I guess, and we wanted to see some new sights. So we got in the car for a drive (we did not leave the car on this trip) and I took photos through the window.

As we drove along on our way out of town, on a whim, I snapped the passing scene one photo after another as the car moved. I then did drawings of these photos.

I realize that I can give you a little bit of a streetscape, now that I have gone through the drawings and photos, never mind what I said before.

Photos:

Drawings:

Hey, this project (and it did turn out to be a project, somewhere along the line…) was a lot of fun. I will certainly try something like this again.

 

 

Allentown Drive-By Sketches 8

Back in June 2020 my husband and I took a drive through Allentown, PA, which is about an hour from our house. We had moved from a strict lockdown to one step less restrictive about a week before, I guess, and we wanted to see some new sights. So we got in the car for a drive (we did not leave the car on this trip) and I took photos through the window.

As we drove along on our way out of town, on a whim, I snapped the passing scene one photo after another as the car moved. I then did drawings of these photos. I’m going to be showing them over the next few posts.

I did not draw the scenes in the order they appeared on the street and I can’t remember how they lined up, anyway, so…don’t try to make sense of things.

I’ll just show you the scenes.

Here I am showing you the last of this series. It is my favorite location, and that is why I have saved it for the end.

Lumpy Lou’s Bar and Grill. I just like the look of the place and of course I love its name.

It is located next to the twin houses that are then next to the apartments. You can see both the houses and the side of the apartment building to the left of the photo.

I think I especially enjoyed drawing the sign.

 

 

Allentown Drive-By Sketches 7

Back in June 2020 my husband and I took a drive through Allentown, PA, which is about an hour from our house. We had moved from a strict lockdown to one step less restrictive about a week before, I guess, and we wanted to see some new sights. So we got in the car for a drive (we did not leave the car on this trip) and I took photos through the window.

As we drove along on our way out of town, on a whim, I snapped the passing scene one photo after another as the car moved. I then did drawings of these photos. I’m going to be showing them over the next few posts.

I did not draw the scenes in the order they appeared on the street and I can’t remember how they lined up, anyway, so…don’t try to make sense of things.

I’ll just show you the scenes.

More twin homes. To get your bearings, these houses are on the other side of the apartments (you can see the building’s side wall to the right of the houses) from the houses I showed you in the previous post.

By this point, I am in the swing of drawing this neighborhood and have been taking a lot of time with each drawing. I really love these little houses and I am hoping I did them justice with my work here.

Allentown Drive-By Sketches 6

Back in June 2020 my husband and I took a drive through Allentown, PA, which is about an hour from our house. We had moved from a strict lockdown to one step less restrictive about a week before, I guess, and we wanted to see some new sights. So we got in the car for a drive (we did not leave the car on this trip) and I took photos through the window.

As we drove along on our way out of town, on a whim, I snapped the passing scene one photo after another as the car moved. I then did drawings of these photos. I’m going to be showing them over the next few posts.

I did not draw the scenes in the order they appeared on the street and I can’t remember how they lined up, anyway, so…don’t try to make sense of things.

I’ll just show you the scenes.

I believe I mentioned there is a mix of structures on this street. Here are twin houses next door to the apartments (you can see the right side of the property at the left of the photo).

I love this style of house. They are found all over older neighborhoods in Allentown, still in use as family homes or in some cases, turned into apartments (my son rented the second floor of a similar house when he lived in the city some years back).

Anyway, they are efficient in layout and yet roomy, and they all have plenty of charm. Take a look at the drawing and see what you think.

 

 

 

Allentown Drive-By Sketches 5

Back in June 2020 my husband and I took a drive through Allentown, PA, which is about an hour from our house. We had moved from a strict lockdown to one step less restrictive about a week before, I guess, and we wanted to see some new sights. So we got in the car for a drive (we did not leave the car on this trip) and I took photos through the window.

As we drove along on our way out of town, on a whim, I snapped the passing scene one photo after another as the car moved. I then did drawings of these photos. I’m going to be showing them over the next few posts.

I did not draw the scenes in the order they appeared on the street and I can’t remember how they lined up, anyway, so…don’t try to make sense of things.

I’ll just show you the scenes.

As I said in the previous post, I believe this apartment building is actually two separate entities owned differently, though built side by side. Clues are the difference in brick pointing between the two sides, the different front doors, the differences in landscaping, and the fact that the windows in this side that I am showing you today, the left side, have been replaced.

Just for fun here are the two halves:

and in my drawings:

I realize I left off the wavy ornamental ironwork under the windows on the right-side building. I remember thinking that to include it would take away from the paned windows, so I decided…to forget it!

Allentown Drive-By Sketches 4

Back in June 2020 my husband and I took a drive through Allentown, PA, which is about an hour from our house. We had moved from a strict lockdown to one step less restrictive about a week before, I guess, and we wanted to see some new sights. So we got in the car for a drive (we did not leave the car on this trip) and I took photos through the window.

As we drove along on our way out of town, on a whim, I snapped the passing scene one photo after another as the car moved. I then did drawings of these photos. I’m going to be showing them over the next few posts.

I did not draw the scenes in the order they appeared on the street and I can’t remember how they lined up, anyway, so…don’t try to make sense of things.

I’ll just show you the scenes.

This street had a mixture of building types along it – the section I photographed included several twins, a bar, and a large apartment building that I think might have been actually two separate structures side by side.

Here is a view of the right side of the apartment building. Now, I love drawing buildings and I love this building, so…I was very patient in doing this drawing. I really enjoyed trying to get the details without making it look fussy or too busy.

Allentown Drive-By Sketches 3

Back in June 2020 my husband and I took a drive through Allentown, PA, which is about an hour from our house. We had moved from a strict lockdown to one step less restrictive about a week before, I guess, and we wanted to see some new sights. So we got in the car for a drive (we did not leave the car on this trip) and I took photos through the window.

As we drove along on our way out of town, on a whim, I snapped the passing scene one photo after another as the car moved. I then did drawings of these photos. I’m going to be showing them over the next few posts.

I did not draw the scenes in the order they appeared on the street and I can’t remember how they lined up, anyway, so…don’t try to make sense of things.

I’ll just show you the scenes.

Here is another intersection. I can see I am trying a little harder here but still not really following the photo. For one thing, I am drawing it as if I am a bird flying overhead and not a person at street level. Well, maybe I just wanted to be a bird that day.

A note about my drawing process: I just pick up the pen and draw. I don’t sketch out, use pencils, or rehearse, I just go. For me, I just enjoy drawing. And, as in everything else I do, it seems that I am unable to follow the reality of what I look at and depict it – things always seem to veer off on their own. Squashed or stretched scenes often result. Well, that’s ok with me.

I remember I was enjoying very much making the ped crossing area at the front of the scene. There is something soothing about making many small pen strokes.

 

Allentown Drive-By Sketches 2

Back in June 2020 my husband and I took a drive through Allentown, PA, which is about an hour from our house. We had moved from a strict lockdown to one step less restrictive about a week bfore, I guess, and we wanted to see some new sights. So we got in the car for a drive (we did not leave the car on this trip) and I took photos through the window.

As we drove along on our way out of town, on a whim, I snapped the passing scene one photo after another as the car moved. I then did drawings of these photos. I’m going to be showing them over the next few posts.

I did not draw the scenes in the order they appeared on the street and I can’t remember how they lined up, anyway, so…don’t try to make sense of things.

I’ll just show you the scenes.

Here is another twosome – I did them in the beginning of the “project” before I had the idea of drawing the whole sequence. I was very careless with both of these pictures and did not try to follow details with much attention. This may have happened because, as with most of my drawing, I did these while watching TV at night.

Well, take a look, anyway. There are some good parts to these drawings, here and there, I think.