Neighbors Down the Street

This drawing, done in late September 2021, is from the same trip I’ve mentioned in a couple of other posts – a visit to our son and his family in Washington DC in August 2021.

These houses are down the street from my son’s famiiy home. The neighborhood is block and blocks of similar yet unique houses like these. I could walk around and take photos of plenty of houses to draw and I hope to at some later date. I liked these particular houses because of their porch and front door features.

Once again, I notice that because of my vision problems at the time, the picture slants up to the right. I did not notice this as I was drawing it but only after I had done most of the picture. Once again, I could get smaller areas right but the larger picture wanders. I have found it interesting to see evidence of my vision issues laid out so clearly in my drawings from this time.

Well, on the other hand, I enjoyed communing with these houses as I examined them as best I could to pull out their personality and put some of it on paper. That is enough.

10 thoughts on “Neighbors Down the Street

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. There is so much variety in the houses in this neighborhood and there are hundreds and hundreds of them packed close so you can walk around and see a lot. I also like how the houses have the raised basements so that there is another living level (you can see window peeking out from under the porch in the photo). I also love the top floor windows, imagine the rooms up there.

  1. Bear

    What a wonderful block of vintage homes. We had similar in a town just up the road from us growing up. They were old “company” homes owned and built by factories to warehouse their workers back in the 1940-1950’s. Close, compact living with virtually paper thin walls and no privacy. Ach, much like where I live, now. But, I am thankful to have a home that’s warm and dry. Merry Christmas!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. In this neighborhood there are thousands of homes set up like this in rows on small streets, very cozy. Since they were built in the 20’s and 30’s they have masonry and plaster walls between them so you don’t hear anything and they are warm and solid. I like the area though it is quite different from where I live, and I love the variety of the houses within walking distance.

  2. Laura (PA Pict)

    I actually think the wonky angle of the drawing adds not only to its charm but to the effect of having the reader of the image feel as if they are slightly elevated, like a bird on a perch, looking down over these buildings. I can see why you were drawn to this row of houses as a subject as all the different shapes in the architecture make them really quite interesting.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I think the whole street my son lives on is interesting – the houses are similar but not alike, and the street has trees, so it makes a nice scene and has a good feel to it.

  3. Judi Castille

    It’s funny sketching. I found I tilt a little too. If I reverse them on photoshoo, they look really strange and apparently that’s how you see if your work is correct. But I don’t worry…if it looks good how drawn…its OK. Beautiful houses.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I’m ok with the tilt, just didn’t know I was doing it until it was finished! And I was surprised. I’m with you, the test for art to me is as you say, if it looks good, it is good!

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