Window Views

Yesterday, January 9, I participated in an activity of the Plastic Club, an art organization here in Philadelphia. I’m a new member, though I’ve known of the group for many years – and they have been around for a long time, celebrating their 125th anniversary this year.

What we did on this cold Sunday afternoon was assemble our group over Zoom. The idea was that we would use the site Window Swap (with their permission) and choose window views posted on the site for quick sketches.

Window Swap is a site where people all over the world have submitted a view from a window in a ten-minute video. That’s it. Perfect for what we were doing.

We viewed some windows, picked favorites, and then did a series of 5 minute sketches with a couple of longer sessions of 10 minutes at the end. I used a very fine point black pen and did my drawings small, maybe 4″x4″ more or less. After the session I chose the ones I liked and added a bit of color.

Take a look. I’ve put the location in the upper left corner. The Macao selection was a video taken from a train window, so the scenery moved. I drew the various items I saw as the window moved along. The others were all stationary.

9 thoughts on “Window Views

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes, this was a nice way to do some quick work and rise to a challenge of something unfamiliar (rather than your own photos, say). I really enjoyed it and it would be easy to do this on your own.

  1. Diane

    You did a wonderful job describing what we did and I really like how you approached this endeavor. Your sketch of the enclosed porch actually made me enjoy that pool scene!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I enjoyed the variety of scenes that came up and it certainly makes you stretch to try to draw something very unfamiliar and do it quickly. I found it calming, believe it or not!

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