30 April 2012
27 April 2012
The Art Deco style high school was built in 1929 and has extensive use of terra cotta tile. This bridge wasn't built until 1932, during the Great Depression --- not so much money around then. But they found ingenious ways around that to make the bridge match the building. They used something called "Carthalite", a colored cast concrete, instead of terra cotta tile. The process seems to have only been used in the Wichita area.
Recently the bridge underwent major renovation / repair, but they were careful to keep it as originally designed --- a call went out for donations of vintage colored glass to be used to replicate the Carthalite. And they even replaced the real brick pavement instead of using asphalt.
25 April 2012
Because our anniversary is in May, Bill (who never buys me flowers) would cut one newly opened rose to bring in to me each year. (BTW, this year we will be celebrating our 40th. So much for those who said it wouldn't last, that we were too young.)
This year the roses are overflowing a full month earlier than usual. This is the rose he brought me this week, plus an iris and some catmint.
23 April 2012
18 April 2012
Built in 1929, it has lots of tile insets & panels and a terra cotta roof, plus sculptured busts of Native Americans and American bison. The same local architect, Glen H. Thomas, later designed a nearby bridge to match, which was featured in American Bungalow magazine.
Arriving too early for last week's watercolor class (which meets in a church nearby), I parked on a side street and did a quick sketch of the tower and part of the building -- now hidden by maturing trees. I added color later at home.
Before leaving for class, I also did a quick sketch of Jack's Hamburgers, a walk-up eatery right across the street from the high school which has been there continually since my parents' school days. I remember my mom taking me here as a child -- the first place I had sprinkles on my ice cream cone!
07 April 2012
He will be 10 years old this year; maybe he's just too old to care? Wish we could sleep that deeply.
06 April 2012
Most of the students who began the class have dropped out. John and I talked about it . . . if no more interest is shown in the next couple of weeks, the class will end. Being a beginning watercolor class, I have already explored a lot of what is covered; I go just to be with other artists. It's so hard to find others to sketch or paint with around here.
05 April 2012
She seems to be happy just waiting.
"Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him . . ." -- Psalm 37:7