Day 330: Milwaukee Avenue

BuildingYesterday, we went for a long walk up Milwaukee Avenue, and I took some pictures. Since we left the house around 3 or 3:30, it got dark while we were walking, which meant that some of my pictures from the walk are much darker than others. Actually, on a whole the collection is sort of non-congruous, which might be because Milwaukee changes quite a bit as you walk northwest from my neighborhood. Just north of my house, it’s rather sparse and open, but past Logan Square it changes and becomes much more closed in, with old retail shops, some of them rather run down, crowding both sides of the street. That said, it’s always a nice walk, and makes for excellent people watching.

Milwaukee Avenue Under MoonThe moon looked really pretty above this building, and I liked the way the street lights made the building look so orange. It contrasted nicely with the blue sky.

Mannequin ButtsButt mannequins are a pretty common sight in Chicago. They always crack me up.

Grocery Store Signs

Woman on Milwaukee Avenue

Neon Hotel SignI’m sort of obsessed with neon signs, so this hotel sign was an obvious subject for me.


Day 308: City Sunset

City SunsetOn Saturday night, I made this gouache painting of a city skyline at sunset, which is actually composed of a background and multiple layers of watercolor paper shaped like buildings. Here’s how I did this:

  • I cut a piece of watercolor paper into pieces – 1/3 for the painting background and 2/3 for the layers of buildings.
  • Next, I painted the background using orange red and orange yellow gouache.
  • After that, I cut out the layers of buildings, starting with the shortest buildings and moving to the taller buildings on the back layer.
  • Then, I painted the layers using black and grey paints. The first layer is all black and the last layer is mostly grey with a teeny bit of black.
  • Next, I used a glue stick and glued all the layers on, with the tallest grey layer on the bottom.
  • Finally, I used a white Uni-ball Signo pen to make the little windows.

Day 65: La Boca

La Boca

Tonight, I did a bit of a timed trial to create this picture of the famous La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I gave myself 10 minutes to draw the picture and 15 minutes to paint it. It came out okay and it was definitely good practice!

Related to Argentina, I am currently in the process of planning a trip to Buenos Aires and Patagonia for next February. I can’t wait to go!

Day 14: Winter in Chicago

Chicago Liqour Store

Snow Covered Street Sign

Old Doorbells

Ceiling Fan

Plane in the Sky

Currency Exchange

Today, I went to Costco with some friends (and bought large quantities of things like toilet paper and wine) and then drove around with them and my boyfriend to find “for rent” signs. They’re hoping to move to my neighborhood. Yay!

These are just pictures from my day.