DaVinci studies

I’ve been reading the journal of Eugene Delacroix, and he often made tracings of other artists and masters to study how they worked. Interesting how this method of study has fallen out of favor or seen as wrong today. But it’s a great way to improve your hand! Also a nice exercise when you aren’t feeling very creative. Anyway, here’s some DaVinci shit.

Retail facade remodel

Elevation view of an un-built shopping center facade remodel in Dublin, Ohio. The building this was proposed for is a typical, late 80s, suburban retail strip. The area around it is being redeveloped into a dense, walkable district. Our goal with the project was to create a more varied and interesting pedestrian streetscape. Unfortunately the client decided to take a different direction.

I provided schematic design and renderings- 2015 Ford & Associates Architects.

Click the image for enlarged view.

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Pizzuti Collection

Went out for a walk and managed to sketch the Pizzuti Collection before the rain hit. The Pizzuti Collection is a fantastic little art gallery in a repurposed/renovated historical building in the Short North. They feature exciting contemporary artists from around the world. Beyond the galleries, they also have an outdoor sculpture garden, roof terraces, and a public art & design library. The Pizzuti Collection also happens to be right in my backyard (literally), they’re great neighbors! Check out the latest exhibit if you’re in town.

04-29-2016 Pizzuti Collection

 

Lisa

One of my former professors from the Knowlton School of Architecture passed away recently after a long battle with cancer. The faculty, staff, and students arranged a memorial event to honor her accomplishments. It was a celebration of her life and work, and her impact on the students she taught. Some students collaborated to create a book of their memories of Lisa to be given to her husband and parents. Over one hundred of Lisa’s former students, colleagues, and friends submitted material for the book. This portrait, along with a short personal recollection, was my contribution.

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Fake Metal Bands

Recently, at the Columbus Museum of Art, there was an interactive exhibit to design your own original metal band logo using the themes and motifs common in these designs. So we did that.

Fuzzy Kitten, drawn by me

Fuzzy Kitten, drawn by me

Dark Space Walkers, drawn by Rebecca

Dark Space Walkers, drawn by Rebecca

In Progress: Wexner Center painting

Current work in progress painting of the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University in Columbus. For this piece I’m interested in representing the building as a series of solids bathed in light. I’m pushing back against the deconstructivism of the architecture and instead finding cohesion in the building as a collection of forms coming together rather than splintered apart by Eisenman’s grid. I’m looking at the building more like one would look at a street scape and finding relationships between the volumes.

Folks are too quick to dismiss Ohio as a flyover state with little culture. The Chicago Tribune was shocked recently to find a thriving arts scene in Columbus. There are more and more articles like this; I think Columbus is being ‘discovered’ by the rest of the country while it’s enjoying a bit of a growth spurt. I think people tend to forget that Ohio has a solid collection of work by major architects. I’m always eager to share this, and I want my work to be a reflection of that fact. Why not start at my alma mater?

Wexner Center painting

Wexner Center, acrylic on canvas, 24×24″

 

LeVeque Tower painting

This is a little composition that I’ve been playing with of the LeVeque Tower and surrounding buildings in downtown Columbus. I’ve been doing a series of expressionist images of American downtown city areas. So far, they’ve only been black and white and very loose in representation. For this piece I experimented with bright, bold colors, and a tighter, more figural representation. Also, the other paintings in this series have been landscape orientation to capture the wide streets and density of many buildings stacked along them. For this painting, I went vertical and was more interested in the spaces between the buildings. It was a fun experiment that has already influenced me to expand my downtown series.

LeVeque Tower, acrylic on canvas, 18x24"

LeVeque Tower, acrylic on canvas, 18×24″

Eames inspecting my early sketch

Bonus- Eames inspecting my early sketch

Main St Modern

A painting I’ve been working on of the Main St Modern warehouse in Canton, Ohio. They’re a real hidden gem of some crazy mid-century modern furniture finds, tucked away in an old depot in Canton. Check them out.

Their building interested me for it’s simple classic/traditional forms, and the gentle repetition of the arched bays.

The painting's current state, I may continue to work on it some more.

The painting’s current state, I may continue to work on it some more. I don’t think I’ve finished poking at the foreground composition.

Bonus- the initial paint sketch

Bonus- the initial paint sketch

In progress shot

In progress shot

Rent check doodles part 2

We live in The Short North in Columbus, Ohio. It’s the city’s main fancy-pants arts district, and we give our landlord a small piece of art every month on our rent check envelope. Here’s part one.

The Columbus Convention Center, design by Peter Eisenman, and sketched here by Rebecca

The Columbus Convention Center, designed by Peter Eisenman, and sketched here by Rebecca

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The American Gothic Building, home to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Rowe, and Ladybird; drawn by me

226 Buttles Ave (a building our landlord owns)

226 Buttles Ave (an apartment building our landlord owns), drawn by me

The Columbus Museum of Art, modern wing expansion by Design Group

The Columbus Museum of Art, modern wing expansion by Design Group, drawn by me

Goodale Park gazebo, drawn by Rebecca

Goodale Park gazebo & pond, drawn by Rebecca

Patti Smith sketch

I came to Patti Smith through her book Just Kids which was recommended to me by a friend. It ended up being one of my favorite books of the year. It was just my type of story; leaving a small town for the city, the bohemian lifestyle, and New York in the 60s. Oh, I’m sure it wasn’t so glamorous. It’s definitely romanticizing what had to be some tough shit at the time. But that’s what makes it so enticing.

Her life has been so interesting and exciting; meeting all those amazing people in New York in the 60s and 70s, her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, and her devotion to her development as an artist. I’m looking forward to reading her new book M Train and learning more about this fascinating person.

03-28-2016 Patti Smith sketch lores

Andy Warhol sketch

All throughout school I was never really a big fan of Andy Warhol’s work. Only recently have I begun to really admire it. I’ve always been more interested in Andy as a person.

03-28-2016 Andy Warhol sketch lores