Archive for April, 2011

umbrellas, clouds, rain, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Umbrellas, Clouds, and Rain

The thought occurred to me….

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One Woodbrook Place, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

One Woodbrook Place

Hi all… Today’s post is a negative of one of my sketches of One Woodbrook Place in Trinidad. I apologize for not having a Visual Recipe for you today…it has been a bit hectic. Hope you enjoy this and have a wonderful weekend.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

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Old Post Office - Washington, DC

I did this drawing of the Old Post Office building in Washington, DC in Summer 2003. I make negatives of my drawings and will  post some of them for you. I think they look pretty cool.

This was done during my first summer in DC…the beginning of one of the best relationships in my life. You know of my deep love for this beautiful city. I was drawing and photographing everything left, right, and center. The following summer I went to New York, bought a bicycle, came back on the bus with my bicycle and rode everywhere in the wind, rain and snow. I didn’t care. I was in love with it all…and I still am.

The Old Post Office Tower soars to 315 feet, making it third in height among the buildings of the Nation’s Capital. The 270-foot observation level allows visitors an awe-inspiring view of the city and the area. Here also are the century old tower clock and the Bells of Congress. The latter were a Bicentennial gift from the Ditchley Foundation in England. (http://www.nps.gov/opot/index.htm).

Here are some informative links about the Old Post Office:

America’s Watchtower – Saving the Old Post Office by Scott G. Shultz >>>

Old Post Office Building by Thaddeus Cooper >>>

Washington City Old Post Office architectural model >>>

Hope you enjoy!

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Houses on Murray Street (Part 2) in Woodbrook, Trinidad

Above is Part 2 of my quick sketches of Homes on Murray Street in Woodbrook, Trinidad. Click here for my previous post which also gives a little history of the area.

Do something creative today!

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Architecture & Urban Sketch - Place...unknown

9” x 12” Pen, ink,  and Sharpie, in Strathmore sketchbook

Last night I felt the need to sketch this. Why I do not know… but it was in my mind. It is not a real place…just a figment of my imagination. I have been looking at mixed-use developments within the past few days, maybe that probably influenced it…along with my travels.

The capital city of Port of Spain in Trinidad worries me. The city feels tired, and looks bombed. The Lighthouse – Frederick Street axis should be the pièce de résistance of Port of Spain. Instead it houses unsightly and demolished buildings, and empty lots from Broadway to Independence Square. The streetscape is non-existent.

Then there is the corner of Frederick St. and Independence Square with the demolished Salvatori Building Block at its entrance. What an eye-sore! I consider the north-south axis of Frederick St. and the east-west axis of the Brian Lara Promenade (designed by Colin Laird) two of the most powerful axes in Port of Spain. The history, architecture, culture, and aspirations of the city and its citizens, should be evident here. But presently, I don’t feel it.

Brian Lara Promenade, vernele noel, thinking insomniac, colin laird

Brian Lara Promenade - Port of Spain, Trinidad

Port of Spain should be alive at night with a night-time population to act as guardian. In the Port of Spain of old merchants lived above their stores, and houses sat side by side with warehouses. An advantage of this was that the city was always occupied, day and night. Families and merchants would gather on their doorsteps and balconies for chats, and discussions. This was an important part of the social aspect of the city. This needs to be brought back. We have a multitude of commercial buildings, which are alone and quiet after everyone has gone home; leaving the city alone and quiet.

I look forward to a city of life 24/7, housing, environmental improvements, pedestrianization, social infrastructure redevelopment, culturally sensitive architecture, and delightful urban spaces. I want that, and I hope to contribute or be part of its development…our city needs it.

<< Sketch – Udaipur, India

<< United States Capitol – Washington, DC

Have a great week everyone!

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Desk area at office

This is an illustration of my desk area at the office with some things I can’t live without… Music, water, notebook, and pens…

Hope you all have a great Monday. Today is Easter Monday here, so I have the day off…

Have a great day all!!

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Visual Recipe-Hot Cross Buns, happy friday, visual recipe, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Visual Recipe - Hot Cross Buns

Today’s Visual Recipe is Hot Cross Buns, courtesy simplyrecipes.com. They are a delight during the Easter and I look forward to them in all their deliciousness.

Link to recipe >>>

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Tatil Building,Port of Spain, Trinidad, vernelle noel, thinking insomniac

Tatil Building in Port of Spain, Trinidad

6” x 8.5” Pen, ink,  and Sharpie in Ryman sketchbook

I did the sketch above of the Tatil building in Port of Spain, Trinidad during the 30th Worldwide SketchCrawl 2011 in January. This building was designed in 1962 by Anthony C. Lewis, with offices set well back from the outer structure, providing shade and cooling by unrestricted air circulation.

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Building on the corner of Mucurapo Road and Carlos St.

6” x 8.5” Pen, ink,  and Sharpie in Ryman sketchbook

This is a sketch of a building on the corner of Carlos Street (I believe) and Mucurapo Road in St. James, Trinidad. This building begs for something to be done to it. It takes a very nice corner and it is one building that I wish I had the opportunity to redesign to do the corner justice. It is directly opposite the NP Gas Station and obliquely opposite this building.

Have a great day!

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Milner Hall - University of the West Indies

Above is a sketch of Milner Hall at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad. From outside the architecture reads a tropical one with its sloping roof, generous overhangs, ventilation blocks, and shaded porches (galleries).

Brief History:
Milner Hall is the oldest of the Halls of Residence at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies. It has been in existence for over 75 years and has been the home of many regional and international students. It has contributed immensely to their academic and social development. Milner Hall was part of the original Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture that was acquired by the University of the West Indies in 1960. It was subsequently enlarged and can now accommodate 168 students.

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