Railside House

Pen and ink drawing of an old brick house facing the railroad tracks, standing as a reminder of times gone by. The orientation alone speaks to a different time, with different priorities.

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Windows to the Sacred

As I was collecting images and scans of sketches recently, it was apparent that I have a fascination with church windows, specifically those which in any way resemble gothic windows. It has become sort of an obsession, not that this is a new revelation, I am simply offering evidence to that fact from my sketchbooks. One more way in which the sketchbook is a window to the soul.

Elegant symmetry

I recently had the privilege of studying some of Andrea Palladio’s seminal work in Vicenza. The father of the neoclassical style, Palladio mastered the art of symmetry and classical orders, simple proportions, and elegant design that was functional and very pleasing to the eye. 

Orsanmichele, [de]scribing the city.

Frames and negative space.

Fabric, insterstitial, space between. 

There is museum in the center of the city, who’s top floor thrusts itself up above the rooftops and with 10 massive windows frames the city below.most of the notable buildings are visible from these windows, however, as with all of Firenze, the viewer is never offered a frontal view, or a complete picture. Instead, each icon is shown as a focal point in the composition, but onlya portion is shown, the space between the icons, and from each icon to the edge become s a beautiful study in negative space, such that the space between the iconic bioldings, the city fabric, becomes celebrated as something beautiful. 

30 in 30, #9

A view from inside Orsanmichele, showing how each frame is composed individually, but the foci are never frontal, but instead, off to the side.

30 in 30, #10 

The inside of the upper piano is also just stunning to look at. The ceiling is at least 40ft to the bottom on the beams, and then the vaulting continues above that.