Friday, October 9, 2009

Frothy in Ink on Blue

The Frothy Monkey
12th Avenue South

Tomorrow is the first neighborhood Big Draw day in the United States. Right here at the Frothy Monkey beginning at 8 AM. I expect that I'll be way too busy to draw but this is a good place to thank the one person in the neighborhood who helped me create a community event by providing a staging area and unflagging encouragement. That person is Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, owner of The Frothy Monkey. Thanks, Miranda!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Greater Christ Temple Church

Greater Christ Temple Church
400 10th Avenue South

I'm just repeating myself to say that this is another mad-dash sketch. But it is! I wanted to make sure to have examples of a house, an architectural detail, buildings with historic importance and at least one church while showing different mediums, styles and levels of skill.

I chose Greater Christ Temple Church as the church example because it was the best attended Sunday morning service I noticed in the closest proximity to Frothy Monkey and because the Bishop's daughter welcomed me warmly and promised to pass fliers for the Big Draw to her father.

Looks like they're moving. I expect that, of the quick drawings of buildings I've made and posted, this church building, Magpie's and probably the Belmont Waverly School will no longer exist in the not too distant future.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Teddy's House

At this stage of making up drawings for the Big Draw promo exhibit, I was coloring monkey posters and agendas with markers. I set those fliers aside to throw myself with great abandon into a 5 year old's head to make this drawing based on a real house behind the Waverly Belmont School. Don't know what street it sits on but no matter.

After putting my crayola markers aside, I walked out to the mailbox where I found the new issue of Art News —

I must be doing something right.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


12th Avenue South and Kirkland Avenue

Yet another attempt at drawing style variation on a serious deadline. This is the only building in the 12 South neighborhood on the National Register for Historic Places. A quick ink sketch of all but the south wing.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Waverly Belmont School

Waverly Belmont School (detail)
2301 10th Ave South

One of the (many) reasons that drawing is so important is that it helps us to understand what we are looking at.

I love the 1930s design style of this carved title in the center tower of the brick school building on 10th Avenue South built in 1935 at the beginning of the WPA and FAP programs.

It was only by drawing this detail in the last few minutes before driving off to install the promotional exhibit for Big Draw 12 South that I understood the beautiful integrity of the characters, radiating suns and spirals.

Friday, October 2, 2009

2509 12th Avenue South

2509 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN

Again, this page is too large for my scanner surface so this is a detail of the star of Big Draw 12 South: This Is Where I Live! — Miranda Whitcomb Ponte's Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse.

Last night, I sketched and drew until the second I had to leave the house to install the preview exhibit. Miranda and company were out painting the interior of the new addition while I was stringing sisal and clothes pinning paper up around the main room. Now, I pray for good weather on the 10th!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

1007 Gilmore Avenue

1007 Gilmore Avenue

Nashville, TN

I wish I had time to fiddle in photoshop and clean up the dulled edge of this paper - too big for my scanner surface.

As I was passing out early fliers for Big Draw Nashville, I met the fellow who lived here and had designed the addition (in back) to keep and honor the integrity of the front, original part of the house. They did a fabulous job and the red paint they chose for most of the house is a perfect shade!


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