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

Rent check doodles part 1

When we moved into our current apartment in the Short North, we bought a washer-dryer machine from the previous tenants of our place. It’s a 3rd floor walk up with a maze-like set of stairs, so it was easier for them to just leave it in the flat and sell it to us. They stopped by on a hot afternoon while we were moving in, dripping in sweat, to collect the payment for the washer-dryer. We got to talking about the apartment, of course, and their nostalgia for the old walls mingled with our fresh excitement for arranging our belongings in a new light-filled space. They told us they had become good friends with the landlord by drawing little pictures on the envelope when they paid rent. I really took to this idea, and I picked up the practice where they left off. Except for (I think) one month, we’ve given our landlord a tiny piece of art each month that we’ve been here. Typically I like to draw the buildings in our neighborhood- especially the ones they own. Partially because of my predilection for architecture, and partially because our landlord is basically responsible for the resurgence/establishment of our neighborhood. I like the idea of living in the arts district and generating these little bits of art each month. It’s a good ritual. Here’s part 1 of my collection of rent check doodles.

Sanborn Building

Sanborn Building

High St & Buttles Ave

High St & Buttles Ave (I drew the building on the left, Rebecca drew the right)

Paradise Garage

Paradise Garage

Columbus skyline

Columbus skyline

Hubbard School

Hubbard School

Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Statehouse