Tag Archives: Archetecture

Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix

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Trinity  Cathedral, Phoenix

Near the center of Phoenix, at the border of the art district, Trinity Cathedral rises like an  oasis.

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Situated around a central courtyard, the buildings enclose a labyrinth and a sculpture garden recalling Christ’s passion and the saints. Conveniently placed benches allow visitors a place to pray and reflect in peaceful surroundings. The current sanctuary opened for worship on Christmas Day, 1920.

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Another building bears a plaque which reads Bishop Atwood House Erected 1930.

A beautiful leaded glass door serves as the portal into the cathedral.

Creative Juice #5

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Creative Juice #5

Let’s celebrate Friday with a bunch of articles to jump-start your creative week-end:

CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE: ARCHITECTURE

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One of the beautiful hotels in Waikiki–but not the one where we stayed. My entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with the prompt: architecture.

Photograph © by Andrea R Huelsenbeck

D is for Drawing: Alma Mater Love

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D is for Drawing: Alma Mater Love

Did you go to college in the Southeast? You might want to head over to Michael James’ Etsy shop, CollegeScenes, to relive the glory days. A graduate of Clemson University’s School of Architecture, James makes meticulous drawings of stately campus edifices, like The Citadel’s Summerall Chapel, below.

The Citadel, Summerall Chapel

Realistic, right? Almost photographic. But if you were able to see it close up, you’d discover that it was made up of millions of tiny dots, as in the detail below:

detail, Summerall Chapel

Describing his process, James says, “I do all of the pen and ink drawing by hand, using a drawing method that combines thousands of dots (stippling) along with just a few lines. I have found out over time, that I had to use line-work sometimes to give the architecture more depth, and contrast. And of course my favorite artist is Seurat.”

James began making his pointillist drawings while a student at Clemson. “I drew a scene of Tillman Hall on their campus, sold it through the school bookstore, and it helped pay my tuition. After I graduated, I thought about expanding and drawing more college/universities. It seemed only natural, because some of the best examples of different architectural styles are on campuses.”

Prints of James’ work range from 8″ x 10″ to 11″ x 17″ or 12″ x 16″. The print runs are generally small, limited to 500 or fewer, individually signed and numbered. And the best part: they are very reasonably priced, about $18.00 to $30.00. They would look perfect in any alumnae home, or even any traditionally decorated home.

Here are some more beautiful examples of Michael James’ art:

Appalachian State

Columbia College

Columbia College

Auburn, Toomer's Corner

Auburn, Toomer’s Corner

Furman University

Furman University

Penn State, Old Main

Penn State, Old Main

Marshall University, Old Main

Marshall University, Old Main

Presbyterian College, Neville Hall

Presbyterian College, Neville Hall

University of Virginia, Chapel

UNC Charlotte, SAC

UNC Charlotte, SAC

University of Virginia, Rotunda

University of Virginia, Rotunda

Wofford, Old Main

Wofford, Old Main

Virginia Tech, Buress Hall

Virginia Tech, Buress Hall

Michael James’ prints are available online at his Etsy shop, CampusScenes.

James also sells his work at arts & crafts shows, as well as outdoor street festivals. He says, “I’ve done BBQ and seafood festivals, Brewfests, Strawberry and Peach festivals, and even an Okra strut.”

I’m hoping that someday James will draw some of the finer buildings at schools that are significant to my family (hint, hint, Michael–Duquesne, Monmouth, Rowan, The College of NJ, Lafayette, Rutgers, Bennington, Smith, Arizona State…).A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvib