neighbor’s house

Remembered from winter.

blackberry

Not local, but very good.

smokestack

Part of the (now closed) Iron City Brewery.

church on the hillside

The dome of Immaculate Heart of Mary on Polish Hill, and a closed warehouse.

The Ascent

Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have combined an EEG reader with a flight harness, letting people fly when they calm themselves sufficiently.

dusk

Demolition rubble, an undemolished building, and sky.

printmaking – apple

Every year we celebrate Art All Night in Pittsburgh by making new work and taking it to show. Today I made a 3-in by 4-in linoleum block print. Sketched, carved, and printed. My husband was printing too, and he had the great idea to take a table into the back yard, so that we could work there. We ignored the dandelions and the ankle-high grass, and before long, our hands were inky and the lawn chairs were filled with prints drying in the sun. Perfect way to let late morning evolve into afternoon.

We dropped our work off before the deadline, went home for some supper, and returned to see the exhibition.

lilacs

The lilacs have started blooming in our Pittsburgh backyard. Spring, for sure, and I’m glad to be posting here again after a break.

tulips

I love tulips just as they are about to fall apart.

lilacs

Lilacs are now in full bloom here in Pittsburgh, and with the weather turning cool again this week, they may stay in bloom longer.

clementines

Trying out new materials. Instead of making this painting on paper, I used an 8″ x 8″ cradled wooden panel.  I’m still painting in gouache, but the colors and brush behave differently on gessoed wood.

orange

1/10,000

Also, an annual excuse to link to this. (cf. this as well.)

orange book

Gouache and graphite.

Apple.  Not yet eaten.

all her idea

She started it.

lemon

My calendar says that Daylight Saving Time begins in two weeks.  Meanwhile, I look for brightness at the end of the day.

pepper

As our landscape has gone from crisp frozen white to gray, brown, rust, charcoal, dripping with rain and the slush that gets over the edge of your shoes, leaving you with wet socks, and more freezing rain in the forecast… I look inside the house for something brighter.

urban skiing

In Pittsburgh, we don’t get two-plus feet of snow in 24 hours – but that happened two weeks ago. And some people knew what they should do… (via @woycheck and @schulman)

steps

More snow expected overnight.  It is February in Pittsburgh, after all.

snow on branches

From Friday evening through Saturday afternoon, we had steady, heavy, snowfall in Pittsburgh. By the time it stopped, 21 inches had fallen.  (Another storm is expected tomorrow, with 6 – 10 inches more.)  Our street is still unplowed, buses are infrequent and delayed, and we are walking a lot.  Plenty of time to look up, look around, enjoy the changed landscape.

fern

I’d forgotten all about asparagus ferns until I saw one in the window of Big Dog Coffee, on Sarah Street in the South Side of Pittsburgh.

10th Street Bridge

From the South Side of Pittsburgh, you can cross the Monongahela River in lots of places – the 10th Street Bridge will let you walk to downtown.

South Aiken Avenue, Pittsburgh, early evening

Deron said, “How about some color in the new year?”

I said, “O.K.”

a present

CalendarSnapshot

For friends and family, I’ve made a printable calendar for 2010, using some of my drawings of Pittsburgh posted on clusterflock over the past few years.  You can download the .pdf here, if you’d like one of your own.

(And if you want to give someone an original drawing, let me know…)

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