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

 

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

Antoniuskirche interior- Moser

Interior of the Antoniuskirche (St. Anthony’s Church) by Karl Moser in Basel, Switzerland.

The sketchercise challenge was to try making two views in the same location. One view focused on the distant background (left), and one focused on the foreground (right).

Villa Muller by Adolf Loos

Müllerova vila, (“Villa Müller”) by Adolf Loos in Prague, Czech Republic. Loos’ raumplan at its finest.

“My architecture is not conceived in plans, but in spaces (cubes). I do not design floor plans, facades, sections. I design spaces. For me, there is no ground floor, first floor, etc…For me, there are only contiguous, continual spaces, rooms, anterooms, terraces, etc. Storeys merge and spaces relate to each other.”

The Spanish Steps

‘Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti’, The Spanish Steps by Alessandro Specchi and Francesco de Sanctis in Rome, Italy.

Ah, the Spanish Steps, absolutely classic. Definitely a huge check box on my life-list. Over the course of my recent trip to Europe, I became interested in outdoor public spaces. I tried compiling a list of attributes of successful public spaces. The list includes things like; shade tree, places to sit, children’s play areas, cafes open to the square, furniture, fountains, pedestrian/bike zones, etc. The Spanish Steps don’t have all of those qualities, but they are incredibly successful as an active public space. The place is heavy with history, and the feeling of being in a quintessential Italian space negates the need for a playground or extra shade trees.

Plus, street vendors selling squashy rubber tomatoes!

Views from Villa Lante by Vignola in Bagnaia, Italy.

I created a narrative as I was walking through the gardens; treating the procession as some kind of epic journey/quest for the holy grail.

1. “Sculpture points the way forward to ascent. What lies ahead?
2. "A path diverted. A choice… Which is the true path? The mystical plantings raise more questions…”
3. “Greeted by a water choir-a shady respite on our journey.”
4. “Stopping for a snack with giants. Water fountains tower ahead making us seem even smaller.”
5. “Natural elements become a staircase. Walls made of shrubbery, a refreshing handrail. The Holy Grail is within our grasp.”
6. “The true reward-not the grail, but the eternal source." 

Sketches of views from The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte by Louis Le Vau and André Le Nôtre in Maincy, France, southeast of Paris.

The Van Nelle Factory (Van Nellefabriek) by architects Johannes Brinkman and Leendert van der Vlugt in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Page of Alvaro Siza sketches from Portugal. Aveiro University Library, and the Boa Nova Tea House, with a sketch of the Portugal seaside.