Posts Tagged ‘architecture’


September 7, 2012

I have had architecture work this week and it has kept me from doing artwork.   Looking for some pen and ink renderings this evening, I came across this sketch for a cottage.  Been doing this so long, I can’t remember this house but I think this is kinda cute.  Wish I could build it on a lake somewhere…



SideAs I think on it, I believe I did this for a contest at the beginning of this “economic downturn.”  Did not win.  I guess the final drawings are at the office…

Going to Florida next week!!!  Lots of time for art!

Keep your HB pencils for test taking…

August 12, 2012

My son has discovered drawing and is quite good at it.  Well, he really has always been good at it but lately he has been drawing more and doing more of most anything makes you better.  Looking at his drawing made me want to draw using graphite alone, something I don’t do much of.  Here is the result…

Another face with some weird hat done from an old black and white photo.  Image size is 8″x8″, done on bristol board.

I have lots of pencils.  Every art/drafting class I have taken since college days, I would buy more pencils.  My father-in-law would give us pencils from his pickings at farm/estate sales.  Some pencils somehow found their way into my studio.  I drew this using two of those pencils, a 4H (about the hardest lead you can find) and an Ebony (about the softest lead you can find).  So why do they make all those in-between pencils?

Back in the days of board drafting, we didn’t use pencils.  We used lead holders and leads.  The leads were thicker than those in mechanical pencils and required a little “lead sharpener” to sharpen them (which you constantly had to do).  Most old school drafters will still have their lead holders and lead sharpeners tucked away in some drawer, now useless reminders of days gone by.

One of the most memorable compliments I ever received involved pencil work.  A drafting professor told me I should not be using pen and I was using pencil.  What kind of compliment is that, you say?  It meant I was getting a crisp, smudge-free, even line and I took that as a compliment.  I said memorable compliment…not necessarily best compliment!

a plug for architecture

June 28, 2011

I have been busy at architecture for the last couple of weeks and haven’t produced anything to share with you.  I apologize if you have looked only to see the same post pop up continually.  I am always a bit disappointed when I head over to someone’s blog and I have already read the latest.  (How happy I would be to think you may feel that way about my blog!!!)  I still have no art artwork but I do have architecture artwork to show you.  Here is a building of 4 townhouses that construction should (hopefully) start soon.

Here is the same building footprint with changes made to the roof and porches to create a totally different look.

Which version do you like better?

It is nice to have some of this kind of work.  Designing a building plan and elevations can be a lot of  fun.  It’s a challenge fitting all the elements together and making it work.  An upcoming high school senior came by the office today to see if architecture might be a direction he wants to take.  You might not make much money, but it can be rewarding to see a creation the size of a house (or 4 as the case may be) of yours come to life.

These drawings are the copyright property of Peek Design Group.  If they inspire you to want to build your dream home, let me know.  We are good at this!

a sheep’s head

January 19, 2011

I studied architecture in college and in the early 80’s when I graduated, there was a revival of Williamburg’s Colonial style.  And I say Williamsburg because it was the source of practically all the details used at the time.  One of those details is called a sheep’s head.  I cannot find the term in any architectural dictionary but if you see the detail, you understand why it is called a sheep’s head.  It is the shaped piece of wood at the end of the rake into which the fascia and cornice abut.  The shape of the piece is similar to the profile of a sheep’s head (hence the name) and is a very cute detail.  Much better than the boxed ending on a lot of houses these days.  Visit this link to see a picture of one.

This sheep’s head is based on the real thing, not its namesake, but I will always think of the cute little architectural detail when I hear the term.  The size of this thread art is 3.75″ x 4″.

A word to the wise… don’t ever tell the principal architect who signs your paycheck,  you think your design is cute.  It guarantees you a negative critique!  Apparently architecture is not supposed to be cute.



An English Gatehouse

September 10, 2010

The last couple of weeks have been filled, just not with  much art.  I worked on a fiber piece (I don’t like the terms that are generally associated with this technique, wonder if I can coin a new phrase….) of a figure sitting in a chair.  I learned that you can excise a portion you do not like and patch it.  I learned that you do not wash out the stabilizer if you intend to  stitch on it more.  It spreads.  My figure’s arm grew to twice the size it originally was.  I was sad, I was liking that piece.  I guess this is to be expected if you are teaching yourself a new process.

There is something that jumps out at me when you google (when will Webster’s declare google a noun and verb?) thread painting.  It is that you should not try to copy a Vermeer in thread.  It just doesn’t work.

But, we try all things…

I tried architecture in thread.