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Practice With Pen and Ink

I am inching toward my goal of figuring out a regular sketch/photography plan for myself (I hope to do something like my Installment Plan Poetry Marathon. I think I may have said this before?). The weather is getting better and my time is freeing up some now that my husband’s health has improved so much. Keep your eye on this space, as they say…

Anyway, the point of all of this is – last Sunday, April 2, I did a few little sketches while my husband walked around the trail at Victory Park in Plymouth Meeting, PA. It is a typical community park with ball fields, located next to some of the township schools.

It’s about 15-20 minutes from home, but I’d never been here before. I sat in the stands and sketched while he walked. I had a bad cold and didn’t feel up to much, but I wanted to get out in the sunny day.

First I drew this group of adult soccer players packing up their things after a game – they were across the field from me.

Next, I did these drawings of two men practicing lacrosse – looked to me like a coaching session, as the older man shouted out pointers and set up drills for the younger man.

After they left, a whole group of little girls came on the field. Also lacrosse players, I think they were meeting for the first time. They did some warm-up exercises in a big circle (that’s what I drew) and then they divided up into smaller groups to learn skills.

And that was about an hour at this field on a nice Sunday. They are just little quick sketches, but I enjoyed doing them.

Drawing With a Pen #7

Here are some more pen and ink drawings. Today’s theme is Glenside, PA.

Things can be confusing in my neck of the woods, knowing where you are and what to call it, but if you are from around here, you know. Otherwise, it can be a bit of a blur. Glenside is just a perfect example.

Glenside is a small town about a mile from my house. I say “town”, but really, if you were a bird in the air, you’d see an unending array of houses, streets, and buildings. Suburbia. Glenside is in there, but, as I said…

Anyway, it stretches along Easton Road and works its way through two townships, Cheltenham and Abington – with two business districts, one in each township. Not to mention another smaller one along Keswick Avenue, the other main street that parallels Easton Road. So we have Abington Glenside and Cheltenham Glenside. And then that section where Ralph’s Barbershop is, and the bakery and you know, right where the train overpass is…

Are you with me?

Because Glenside is also a large post office. Zip code 19038 is for Glenside, yes, but it also covers Wyndmoor, for instance, in Springfield Township, about 5 minutes down Route 309. The post office is not interested in Glenside or Wyndmoor; it cares about 19038 – but the rest of us know that Wyndmoor is not Glenside. It just isn’t.

Ditto for Ardsley, North Hills, and Laverock. If you live there, you live in 19038, but you don’t live in Glenside.

Sometimes things are tricky – when the LA Fitness was built, there was some confusion by locals as to what to call it, since it is set at a street intersection that could go Abington or Glenside or Jenkintown – but it’s all ok now, having decided to name itself the Abington location – but I still think it should be Glenside.

After all of this, you can see why Glenside is just one of those special places! Here are some drawings of Glenside locations, wherever they are. I did the first two from photos and the second two on site.

Here’s a drawing of a truck parked in the Glenside Library parking lot. I don’t know where the occupants of the truck went or why the door was left open.

Drawing truck Glenside Library 7-16 6x6 small

This house, converted into apartments, is next door to my dentist’s office on Mt. Carmel Avenue.

Drawing House Glenside 7-16 6x6 small

Here is a storefront alongside Glenside Avenue, near my doctor’s office. I like the little store below ground level, under the porch – you have to take a short flight of steps down to get to it.

Drawing Glenside- 1 7-29-16 small

And this is a view of the parking lot of the Glenside train station. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come to this station, coming, going, dropping off, picking up, or eating lunch in the station café. The buildings in the picture are actually across the tracks – the station itself is not in the picture. Maybe a subject for another day.

Drawing Glenside- 2 7-29-16 small

Viva Glenside!

Paintings Roundup from November 2015 Part 1

I did a bit of painting over the winter, but I didn’t post them, because I didn’t want to confuse things with the Small Landscape giveaway event. So, leading up to my first show of the art fair season this coming Saturday, I’ll show some of them.

Here are a couple of small ones.

Desolation 6x6 11-15 small

“Desolation” – 6″ x 6″

Another Day in Glenside PA 5 x 7 11-15 small

“Another Day in Glenside” – 5″ x 7″.

Small Landscape giveaway event

More Paintings from the Fall of 2015

Here are some more paintings from last fall. These are all 8″ x 10″, done in acrylics on board that I gessoed myself to a slightly rough texture.

Once again, each painting comes from some scene in my life – read the captions to find out more.

People Doing Things

Here are some small acrylics I did in the last month or so.

Watercolory Acrylic Experiments

I’m continuing to experiment with painting everyday scenes. These are done on Bristol board and are each about 8 x 10, more or less. I used acrylic paints but watered them down a lot to try for a watercolory kind of look.

You have to think ahead when you’re working like this, I find. Or else not be too worried about uncertain transitions between the objects in the pictures!

I also used an acrylic paint marker to put in some more definitive lines here and there.

Well, it’s fun. I think I’ll try more. By the way, these are all taken from photos of scenes near my house. I did add the people in a couple of them – the picture seemed to be wanting some population.

More Reality, Mine and The Other One

More of those 8″ x 10″ paintings inspired by everyday scenes I captured with my little point and shoot camera.

Reality and Then There’s My Version

As I mentioned before, I’ve been doing paintings based on everyday sights around my area – some of the photos that are used as references were from the Sunshine Project and others just snapshots of daily life. Many times I’ve taken a picture out of my car window (while stopped, of course). Keeping the camera readily available has been a good idea.

Here are some paintings and the photos that inspired them. All are 8″ x 10″ on birch board, painted in acrylics.

Glenside Art Fair

Here’s where I spent my day yesterday!

Nice weather. A bit chilly in the morning and warming up as the day went on and the sun shone more strongly. Lots of nice comments on my work, which made me happy.

We live about two miles from this location and so we saw many of our neighbors and friends here. A very pleasant day.

Scrawling a Picture or Two

I bought a whole box of 8″x10″ birch boards and prepared them all with gesso. My intention was to paint a lot of small pictures using photos I took during the Sunshine Project or more recently as the inspirations.

I was thinking to try to be somewhat literal – meaning to follow the photo as closely as I could. In this way I am revisiting the location and the moment that I took the photo and evaluating the experience of being in that place. It is a good way to think about the small moments in everyday life that can get overlooked. This lesson is something I am trying to take forward with me from the Sunshine Project.

Things did not work out as I had thought, really. The part about taking time to absorb an experience is very valid, but the way I was going about it was maybe not quite right for me. I was once again reminded that I value my painting life for its lack of direction and structure. For the idea that what I paint does not have to make sense. I felt a bit trapped.

Still, what I also learned was – using the photos as a starting point and then adding or subtracting or amending made a good way of working. When I thought about things, I realized that once again it’s all in my attitude about the process. It’s up to me to decide how it goes. When I came to this conclusion, balance seemed to be restored to my art/painting/memory process, and I was happy.

Anyway. I started off a group of four paintings by quickly drawing in the outlines of shapes in black paint on the white background. I liked the way this looked. I think I would like to try painting with some watery acrylics later on.

Here is the finished foursome. Each painting has a meaning to me – they are all directly drawn from my everyday life.