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Today’s drawing was a disappointment. Again, it was one of those fairly simple drawing projects, and I didn’t anticipate too many problems. I was drawing apples on a tree, you see.
Apples on the Tree – Ink Drawing by Judith Kraus
Apples were one of the first things I was able to draw successfully. In those earliest days of learning to draw, I joked how an apple a day was just what the doctor ordered for my artwork, and when I first started this blog, the very first drawing I shared was a bowl of apples I’d drawn in colored pencil. I think it was probably one of the best drawings I’d done at that point. Yes, I recently drew a bunch of bad apples, but all the same, I felt confident about today’s Inktober drawing.
It wouldn’t be too difficult, I thought, but I certainly didn’t want…
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If you have the chance to visit London do yourself a huge favor and schedule at least two days at the British Museum. The museum has pieces from around the world including the Parthenon, where else can you find relics from the ancient world. I did not get the chance to see the Chinese section of the museum and hear it is extensive.
Founded in 1753, the British Museum is London’s largest and most visited museum. Its gigantic permanent collection includes over 8 million historical artifacts, with everything from Egyptian mummies to Roman treasures. Highlights include sculptures from the Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone, and the 12th-century Lewis chessmen.
The Basics Allow at least two hours for a British Museum tour, but don’t expect to see everything in one visit—it would take days to explore the entire museum and it’s easy to get lost. With so much to see, visiting with a tour guide is a convenient choice, and a small-group or private guided tour will ensure you maximize your time. Things to Know Before You Go There is no admission fee for the British Museum, although donations are welcome. Visitors are required to pass security checks to enter, and large bags and suitcases are prohibited. On-site facilities include museum shops, cafés, and restaurants. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the museum. Audio guides are offered in several languages. The British Museum is fully wheelchair accessible.
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A few days ago I wrote a little history about Gothic architecture and art. Today, I want to re-visit the Gothic world, but in a very different way, one that’s much closer to home.
We’ve all seen the painting:
It’s been called “…the most recognizable painting in 20th century American art”, referred to as “an indelible icon of Americana,” and without doubt it is Grant Wood’s most famous painting.
Despite having developed a familiarity with this most famous painting in my childhood, I never really did get to know much about its artist.
I think all I ever really did know about Grant Wood was that he was an American painter.
Wood was born in Iowa, which isn’t all that far from Missouri. It’s just north of our state, and I’ve traveled to — and through — Iowa many times.
He was an extremely active artist who worked in many…
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Necessity as the mother of invention: Photos of homes in unexpected places
Oct 16, 2013 /
Iwan Baan is not as interested in what architects build as he is in the beautiful ways that people appropriate the spaces once the planners are gone. In his TED Talk, Baan — whose breathtaking image of lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy hangs on at least one of our walls — shows incredible images from communities thriving in ways that seem quite opposite to the uniformity of suburbs. First, Baan takes us to Chandigarh, India, where people inhabit buildings created by modernist architects Le Corbusier in very different ways than expected. Then, Baan takes us to Caracas, Venezuela, where an abandoned 45-story building has become a miniature city. From there, Baan takes us to a Nigerian slum built on water, to a community in Cairo thriving amid recycling heaps, and to an underground village in China.
Baan’s talk will have you marveling at human ingenuity. In it, the photographer shows 154 images. Since they appear rapid-fire, Baan has selected some to share here, where you can take your time and appreciate the details.
See the homes of 70% of Caracas’ residents
In Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, nearly seventy percent of the population lives in slums that seem to drape over every corner of the city.
Welcome to the world’s largest vertical slum
In the centre of the city is the Torre David, a forty-five story unfinished office tower that was in the midst of construction until the developer died in 1993, and the crash of the Venezuelan economy the following year. About eight years ago, people started moving in to the abandoned construction site, and today it is considered the world’s largest vertical slum.
The forty-five-story walk up
With no lifts or escalators, the tower is essentially a forty-five-story walk up. You’ll find seniors or those less physically-abled on the lower floors, and the young and healthy near the top. Public spaces like this stairwell are painted with care in order to make the tower feel more like an apartment building.
The hole in the wall. Or, how to build airflow into a tower
With the average temperature in Caracas reaching twenty-eight degrees, the inhabitants needed to find ways to induce airflow, and this also serves as a circulation system to help inhabitants better navigate the building.
It’s humble but it’s home
In an exercise of ingenuity, inhabitants like this family typically mark their space with whatever materials they can find or purchase. Here, newspaper becomes wallpaper.
Decorated with care
Every home in the tower is designed with love and passion – at least up until as far as one can reach.
A town in a tower
The tower functions on an entire system of micro-economies, and on each floor, you’ll find a collection of shops and services. You’ll find the church, the grocery store as well as the gym on the thirtieth floor, where all of the weights are made from the unused elevator equipment.
A space for creativity
Like a beehive, the tower provides a skeleton framework for each inhabitant to create something for himself or herself by whatever means they can afford.
A community built on a lagoon
In the centre of Lagos is Makoko – a community of approximately one hundred and fifty thousand who live and work on stilted structures, just meters above the Lagos Lagoon.
Human adaptability in Makoko
Makoko is both an example of Nigeria’s seemingly irrepressible population growth, and an incredible illustration of our human ability to adapt to seemingly inhospitable conditions.
Life on the water
From the barbershop to the movie theatre, every aspect of life in Makoko has been adapted to meet the demands of life on the water.
Floating, live music
Despite being a highly disadvantaged community, when it comes to good live music, the atmosphere in Makoko is quintessentially Nigerian. At any given time, you’ll find a band floating down the lagoon, for all of the community to enjoy.
A community fighting eviction
In Makoko, forced evictions are a daily reality. In response to the government’s plan to clear out the area to make room for development, the Nigerian Architect, Kunle Adeyemi built a school for the children of Makoko. Today, the entire community uses the structure, and the building appears like a beacon against the landscape.
Meet the Zabaleen
Under the cliffs of the Mokattam Rocks one will find the Zabaleen – a community of Coptic Christians who make their living by collecting and recycling waste from homes and business across Cairo.
Those who take trash home
The collected waste is brought back home where it is sorted and crushed before being sent off to a third party. To those in the Zabaleen, the waste becomes nearly invisible, as living amongst piles of garbage is merely a new definition of normal.
A wild sense of decor
On the street level, the area seems to be in complete disarray, but step inside one of the homes, and you’ll be met with all manner of elaborate interior design choices.
Homes dug into the earth
In the provinces of Shanxi, Henan and Gansu you will find collections of yadongs – underground cave dwellings that are dug out from the soft and malleable Loess Plateau soil. Up until the early 2000’s an estimated forty-million people still lived in sunken courtyard houses which sit seven meters below-ground.
Home is wear the heart is
For the poor farmers, building a yadong costs next to nothing – all one needs is a shovel and a few friends to dig the soil.
All photos courtesy of Iwan Baan.
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I drew this the first time the first trip I made to the High Museum to see the European Masters. What a show!! Can’t rave about it enough. This was his original. About 5×7 feet. Mine is tiny in my Stillman and Birn Zeta which is 6 x 9 1/2″. The orange is cad yellow […]
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