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February 4, 2008

Smithfield Street bridge tower

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Study of one of the ornaments along the top of the Smithfield street bridge in Pittsburgh. These devices have always looked to me as if they could receive special messages and defend us against space aliens.

January 28, 2008

Hunt Armory rooftop

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The old armory building in Shadyside occupies an entire block - the roof line rises above the tree tops along Alder Street. I imagine whole cavalry units drilling inside, not long after the turn of the last century.

January 21, 2008

Tree shadows, South Negley Avenue

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A rare sunny winter afternoon, and street tree shadows crossed the sidewalk all the way up the avenue from the bus stop on the corner.

January 14, 2008

South Graham St., Pittsburgh

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Trees, house top, and powerlines, near the playground my daughter likes to visit in warmer weather.

January 8, 2008

Garlands for a New Year

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These leis appeared last week at Elizabeth Perry's woolgathering, and I just had to make sure that you saw them. They look calligraphic to my eyes.

January 7, 2008

Centre Ave. at twilight

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Unseasonably warm, so stuffed jacket into backpack and walked through town in shirt sleeves today.

December 17, 2007

Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh

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Went to hear a friend sing in a concert of Christmas music: Berlioz, Rutter, Vaughan Williams, and Handel. Stepped out of the church and into a snowstorm, with the temperature dropping - glad to be headed home, with all under one roof.

(I'll be out of town for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve this year, so Pittsburgh drawings will resume in 2008.)

December 10, 2007

vine wreath

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Twisted together out of wild bits and pieces this fall, it presides over the drifts of shoes, backpacks, permission slips, and odd mittens which mark the changing season.

December 3, 2007

parking chair

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On Melwood Avenue, in North Oakland. In Pittsburgh, you can hold a parking space in front of your house with an old chair. Somehow nobody steals the chair, either. This one was particularly broken down, and I'm not sure why it had a bit of clothesline tied to the back. The back was the one part that still seemed to be holding together. Maybe it was like tying a string around a finger to remember something? I wonder what chairs have to remember.

[Comments are closed, but for more discussion of parking chairs, and a link to a parking chair t-shirt, you can visit the Spreadshirts blog.]

November 26, 2007

Polish Hill, Pittsburgh

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary dome is visible wherever you go in the neighborhood of Polish Hill. I've drawn it before, and I expect I'll return to it again. I'm fascinated by the way it appears and reappears in the gaps between buildings, in the sudden and unexpected spaces of the landscape.