Monday, November 29, 2010

Not So Much...

9th St
So that didn't go quite according to plan.

I suppose I have only myself to blame. I originally had in mind a street art project. Kind of a dipping-my-toes-in-the-water street art project. There is a lot of great architecture in DC, but some of the most interesting building in the city had been demolished years ago to make way for large sterile office buildings. On this part of 9th St. there used to be an amazing strip of buildings, including restaurants, movie theaters, and a burlesque house. I had in mind to make a piece honoring those lost buildings.

While there are lots of street artists I could name for inspiration, the main concept for this piece came from Delta Inc. who had made a wheat-paste street art piece that degraded over time in a semi-controlled way, revealing and becoming a new work in the process.

So I created two layers to my piece. The bottom being an image of what used to be, the top being what is now. The top layer had several purposeful cuts made in it, so that as it weathered, it would fall apart in a way to reveal the bottom layer. It being sort of a reversal of what actually happened, this time the office building is destroyed, returning the strip to the beautiful lost architecture that once was there.

Layer 1 505 9th StLayer 2 505 9th St
Alas, when I returned to the location a week after putting it up I saw that the piece had been completely removed. Which I should have expected, as that part of Chinatown is kept pretty neat and tidy. I doubt it made it past the Monday after I put it up before it was removed.
9th St Washington DC, 2010 9th St Washington DC, circa 1922 (with color)
I'll have to be more clever about this next time...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Urban Sketchers > Washington DC

Washington DC now has a Urban Sketchers blog: URBAN SKETCHERS > WASHINGTON DC with an eager group of sketchers to call its own. The site will be sharing the sketches of our members, and also the sketches of the DC Sketchers class a the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, & updates of different drawing events happening in and around the city. Please visit, comment, share, bookmark, link to, follow, stumble upon, tweet & whatever else you can think to do! All of us on the site are excited to share the work & the city with the world.

On The Fly

On the Fly food truck
This is the last sketch I have from the Rally a couple of weeks ago. Technically its the first sketch I worked on, but I never got a chance to finish it up until recently.

On The Fly is another food truck in town, and it made a good choice coming to the Mall during the rally, as I never saw it without a line. Time dictated that I get moving towards the crowd and events, so I didn't join the line. On The Fly has a pretty good methodology, supporting local companies, using smart cars as trucks, eco-packaging, etc... they've got their green bases covered.

This sketch is also the first drawing I'll be contributing to the new Urban Sketchers > Washington DC blog. Please check it out to see more sketches by more sketchers from DC. They are indeed a talented bunch.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


9th St Washington DC, 2010 9th St Washington DC, circa 1922 (with color)
A couple of 3' x 4 1/2' drawings of 9th St. DC, then & now, I'm going to use for a project.
More pics in a week or so...