What makes this building so wonderful is it’s proportions, no other monument in Washington D.C. is so well designed and proportioned. When first looking at the structure you are taken by it’s solid massive form that dominates the western end of the Washington Mall, however, as you study the structure you will see how “light” it appears despite the massive marble and stone that are the building materials for the memorial.
There are twelve fluted columns that run along the facade and rear of the building and eight along each side. The capitals of the columns are in the Doric style. The base of the pillars have no base to rest upon, which in keeping with Classical Architectural tradition (the bottom of the pillars at the Parthenon in Athens have no base). Like the Parthenon the end pillars on each side of the facade are set in slightly closer to the adjacent pillar so as to off-set the optical illusion of appearing to “bend” way from the structure when you look at it from a distance.
Architectural details are as follows.
At the entry of the memorial is an imposing marble staircase that leads right up to opening. There are no doors to be see from the outside of the structure. From a distance looking at the memorial you can see that the opening of the entry takes up the three center spaces between the center columns. Behind the entry are two more pillars that form a rotunda to the hall that contains the famous statue of President Lincoln by Daniel Chester French. This statue is positioned right in the middle of the room and recessed towards the back wall. The space is not as dark as it would appear from looking at it from the steps because there is a glass paneled roof above the statue that emits light into the building.
Washington Monument #007Z pen & ink watercolor. This article is about the Washington Monument which I have drawn a watercolor of for making prints.
Key elements of this work of art are as follows.
Time of day.
Subject’s relation to the landscape.
Proportionate perspective of the subject.
At the end of the center of the eastern section of the Mall in Washington D.C. stands the Washington Monument. The monument rises just over 555′ tall and was finished in 1884.
The shape of the Washington Monument is that of an Egyptian obelisk which stands as an anchor for the Capital of the Nation. What is unique about this structure is not only its enormous size (it is the tallest obelisk in the world) but its change of material color of the monument from the bottom third of the structure.
The monument is accessible to the public where there are elevators that go to the top and viewing of the city can be seen from. What makes the Washington Monument very special is its placement on the Mall of Capital Hill. It stands just about half way between the Capital Building at the east end of the Mall to the Lincoln Memorial on the far west end of the Mall. There is a circular walkway all around the monument with flag poles hold the State Flags of every State in the Union. On the west side is a long narrow pond that extends to the Lincoln Memorial and gives off a shining reflection by day light.
Taj Mahal #006Z Pen & Ink Drawing On The Yamuna River #2957. This is an article on how I do pen & ink drawings for prints of the Taj Mahal . The angle that I have chosen is a view from the banks of the Yamuna River. The Yamuna River flows directly behind the Taj Mahal. I utilized quick broad strokes to capture the essence of the structures that comprise the funerary artwork of complex. The architectural style is clearly Mughal.
To make a pen & ink drawing work it is imperative that you work the lines as efficiently as possible. The more that you crosshatch and darken the more difficult it is to see and understand the image. For example, the opening lines of a late Mozart symphony at first seem simple and almost easy, however, as you become more involved with the symphony the complexity of the symphonic structure becomes apparent. So too with pen & ink drawing, keep your lines simple and to the point.
Taj Mahal Pen & Ink Drawing On The Yamuna River #2957. When doing pen & ink drawings keep the follow points in mind:
Not too much crosshatching.
Minimal line work to express the image.
In this pen & ink drawing I have kept the line work to a very clear and simple form so as to bring out the forms of the architectural forms. The domes above all had to be handled with the greatest delicacy. Clearly, throughout the ages, the Taj Mahal has endured as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
Taj Mahal #005Z Pen & Ink Drawing On The Yamuna River #2958. This is a pen & ink drawing that I did, at 8:30 am this morning, from a photo of off Steve McCurry’s Blog. It immediately inspired me as I had never seen the Taj Mahal from this angle. It is a most tranquil scene.
Taj Mahal Pen & Ink Drawing On The Yamuna River #2958. When drawing remember to be:
To the point.
The Taj Mahal has always been an inspiration for me since childhood as I did drawings of it from the Encyclopedia Britannica. Below is a watercolor of the Taj that I did a few years ago.
National Mall Watercolors and Prints. Then National Mall is a host to many famous museums and monuments. Below are some watercolors of the most famous places at the National Mall.
National Mall Watercolors and Prints. Key elements of this work of art are as follows.
The National Mall is the anchor or even the heart of the Capital of the United States. The Mall runs east and west and near the center is the grand obelisk of the Washington Monument, the world’s tallest obelisk. My interest in the National Mall is doing watercolors and prints of it.
When considering a site to do drawings and paintings of, consider the follow:
Scale of subject to landscape.
Light and time of day.
Access to visible structural details.
At the east end of the Mall sits the Capital Building on Capital Hill. There are many important building surrounding the Capital but the two most important are the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court, both lie directly east of the Capital Building. In the center of the Mall on Pennsylvania Avenue sits the White House.
At this point you come to a break in the Mall and are standing face to face the Washington Monument. Going past this point to the western side of the Mall are the memorials crowned by the Lincoln Memorial at the head of the west end pond. It has been general held that the Lincoln Memorial is the most beautiful memorial in the Mall for its proportions are exquisite and it follows that same forma as that of the Parthenon in Greece.
Chicago Skyline #003Z and prints. Chicago has one of the most spectacular skyline in the world. The lakefront of Lake Michigan makes for a wonderful entry to this city famous the world over for it’s architecture.
Chicago Skyline Paintings And Prints. Key elements of this work of art are as follows.
The Chicago skyline is something of a miracle that rose out of the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. It is my interest, as an artist, to do paintings, watercolors, and prints of this great American city.
When doing a painting or drawing of any cityscape or skyline, keep the follow points in mind:
Distance of subject.
In this horrific event the entire center city was burn to the ground and hundreds of people were killed. The fire is one of the greatest tragedies of American History. However, with the vision of men like Potter Palmer and Marshall Field the city grew. Chicago was able to take up its vision of being a great metropolis and moved forward to build what was at the time the most modern city in the world.
Art Institute of Chicago:
Across Michigan Avenue on the east side is the world-famous Art Institute of Chicago home to some of the most famous paintings in the world. I the collection the internationally celebrated “American Gothic” by Grant Wood. The Art Institute is the only permanent building permitted to be on the east side of Michigan Avenue.
Philadelphia skyline #002Z art watercolors at sunset by Stephen F. Condren. The City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is famous in American History as a leading cultural and artistic center; it also served as the temporary capital of the United States from 1790-1800. However, what draws my interest to Philadelphia is its magnificent skyline. As an artist, it is my interest to do watercolors, paintings, pen & ind drawings, and prints of this historic American city.
Philadelphia Skyline Paintings And Prints. Key elements of this work of art are as follows:
Distance of subject.
Unlike New York City and Chicago, which have massive sprawling skylines, Philadelphia’s is compact and has strong character. When you look at the skyline you will see that all of the buildings are in proportion to the mass of the structures around. In other words there is an even distribution of structures that cluster to the downtown leaving no gaps or uneven breaks. Whereas in Manhattan Island, you have the cluster of building both in Lower Manhattan and Midtown Manhattan. This is where you can see the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, there is no continuity of structures between these areas. Central Park only causes a design problem for Manhattan because of its rectangle shape not permitting the landscape to weave around the city skyline. Similarly in Chicago you have the famous “Loop” which houses the largest mass of office towers including Willis Tower.