Tag Archives: Ardmore PA

Houses in Pen and Ink and Photography

As you know, I really like houses, viewing houses, learning about house styles, wanderingthrough neighborhoods look at houses…I could go on and on. It’s a lifelong interest of mine, house and neighborhood architecture, and I enjoy looking at not only is what here today but what clues there are to the past.

Back in August 2020 my husband and I walked through Ardmore, PA, and I took photos of houses. Later on I drew them in pen and ink. Here are a couple for you to look at.

The drawings are all done in a sketchbook of 8″ x 8″.

Here is a side view of a house on a corner.

Here are two buildings in the same neighborhood. They have commercial premises on the first floor and apartments on the upper ones.

Reflection and Drawing

Recently I posted photos of window reflections from a walk I took in Ardmore PA this summer. Here is another photo of the barbershop I showed you and a drawing I made from it.

I did not try to capture the feeling of reflections here. Instead, I treated the photo as a series of shapes and images lying flat, and worked with the resulting patterns and how they interacted.

I enjoyed it and I will try this kind of thing again.

Ardmore Reflections

I enjoy taking photos of reflections and I especially like reflections in store windows. Here are some views I found in Ardmore, PA, when my husband and I took a walk there this summer.

As background, this area is a suburb on Philadelphia’s Main Line with a shopping district arrayed along Lancaster Avenue and extending a couple of blocks off it. I am very familiar with the area, having gone to college near here and then living a couple of miles away for several years.

If you want to see more of the area, I wrote a couple of posts about this outing on my personal blog. Look here – Ardmore Walk 1 and its companion posts, 2, 3, and 4, which follow it.)

There is always the question of what is real, and what is reflected, in this kind of photo. I like the uncertainty.