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Flight to Barbados, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel, sketchblog, illustrations

Flight to Barbados

I did this sketch while en route to Barbados last week. Did I tell you what a great trip it was?!! I sat in the second row and had my drawing tools with me as usual. I was looking forward to this trip just so I could draw this illustration too…

I have added a few photos from my trip.. and may add more as time goes by (I have soooooooo many photos). You are more than welcome to look at them on Flickr.

St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Beach at St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados

Codrington College, Barbados, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Codrington College, Barbados

To my friend AH who took the time to drive me all around the island, I say thank you!

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Visual Recipe - Chicken Fajitas

Today’s Visual Recipe is Chicken Fajitas, courtesy http://adventuresofse.wordpress.com. I love food…and anyone who knows me.. knows such. I don’t eat much, but I eat often…and I love me some fajitas. Seems that almost any meat and vegetable wrapped in a delight of flour and seasonings is a winner. Universal equation I guess. I think I will try to have or make some fajitas this weekend. It’s healthy, delicious, and puts a big smile on your face… Don’t forget to put a little hot sauce (pepper sauce) if you like it spicy!

Thanks for your recipe Erica! I encourage you all to try it, and have a great weekend.

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HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

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Courtyard Marriott in Port of Spain, Trinidad

This is a negative of my sketch of the Courtyard Marriott in Trinidad.

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Queen's Royal College Clock Tower in Port of Spain, Trinidad

5” x 8.25” ink pens, in Moleskine sketchbook

This is a sketch of the Clock Tower of Queen’s Royal College (Q.R.C.) in Trinidad & Tobago (see photo below). The clock tower stands at 93 feet tall. QRC is located at the corner of St. Clair Avenue and Maraval Road in Port of Spain (around the Queen’s Park Savannah). The foundation stone for the building was laid on November 11, 1902 by Sir Courtenay Knollys. The design was done by Daniel Meinerts Hahn who was at the time the Chief Draftsman of the Public Works Department. The main block of the masterpiece is in a German Renaissance-style architecture which is evident by its solidness and ornateness. It was constructed at a cost of 15,000 pounds. The broad galleries and corridors were designed to allow the freest possible passage of air for physical comfort. The stonework was heavily employed in the construction to absorb the heat.

Reference – A Magnificent Nine by the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago

Queen's Royal College in Port of Spain, Trinidad, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel, sketchblog, architecture

Queen's Royal College in Port of Spain, Trinidad

Some notable graduates of QRC include:

  • Eric Eustace Williams – Historian, first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Sir Vidia Naipaul– Nobel-prize winning author. QRC is memorialised in his masterpiece, A House for Mr. Biswas.
  • Rudranath Capildeo – Mathematician, politician.
  • C.L.R. James – Pre-eminent Caribbean philosopher, historian, novelist, essayist, political theorist and cricket writer.
  • Derek Walcott – Nobel Prize winner, Poet, playwright, writer and visual artist.
  • Lloyd Best – Economist, essayist, politician, scholar. Founder of the ‘Plantation school’ of Economics.
  • Peter Minshall – Artist, Trinidad carnival mas man, designer of opening ceremony for the Olympic Games of Atlanta 1996, Emmy Award Winner.
  • Wendell Mottley – 1964 Olympic silver medalist and politician. Former Minister of Finance.
  • Deryck Murray – West Indian wicket-keeper in cricket.
  • Karl Hudson-Phillips – Jurist, politician. Former judge of the International Criminal Court and former Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Richard Thompson – Athlete and 2008 Olympic medalist – 100m; 4x100m relay
  • Marc Burns – Athlete and 2008 Olympic medalist – 4x100m relay
  • George Maxwell Richards – Engineer, academician, current President of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Eric A. Williams – Geologist, former politician and Minister of Energy.

The building recently underwent a restoration. During the restoration process, paint was carefully stripped to uncover the original colors, revealing in the classrooms, hand-painted dado panels in different designs, framed by stenciled and hand-painted border friezes. These original panels will be restored to their original splendor in selected areas. External colors have also been restored to the original colors.

Reference – Strabon – Caraibes

Features of Renaissance Buildings:

  • Symmetrical arrangement of windows and doors
  • Extensive use of Classical columns and pilasters
  • Triangular pediments
  • Square lintels
  • Arches
  • Domes
  • Niches with sculptures

The Renaissance was a period of intense intellectual probing, of the reexamination of Classical literature, art, and architecture. The Renaissance artist-architect shared in this curiosity. Beginning with Brunelleschi, architects made the pilgrimage to ancient Rome, then a sleepy medieval town greatly shrunken from its imperial grandeur, to study and measure Roman ruins. They proposed to equal or surpass the artistic achievement of antiquity, but not to make literal copies of ancient architecture.

Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning by Leland M. Roth

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Today (14th June), The Thinking Insomniac is one year old. On that day one year ago when I pressed the Publish button I was not sure what I would be blogging about. I knew I wanted to… I knew the name of my blog was exactly who I was…and I knew I wanted to share what I could…but what I wasn’t sure. The only thing I was sure about was that I needed an outlet… a visual one. I needed to draw, sketch, design… Those were my only sureties; sharing knowledge and information, having something visual (funny, informative, interesting), connecting with passionate persons who also share, and thanking those who got me here.

Along the way I have learned and discovered a lot. To all my friends and colleagues on Flickr, Twitter, Facebook and subscribers to Thinking Insomniac, thank you very much for a wonderful year! Here’s to many more. I look forward to continue sharing information, and making you think and laugh.

I just wanted to leave you with some images from your favorite posts:

King of Carnival 2011, Pacific Tsunami, Wade Madray, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

King of Carnival 2011 - Pacific Tsunami by Wade Madray

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Sevell Nicholls, In The End: Dance And Rejoice, (Trinidad Carnival 2011), thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Sevell Nicholls – In The End: Dance And Rejoice (Trinidad Carnival 2011)

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Old Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel, sketchblog

Old Executive Office Building in Washington, DC

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Elz, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Elz - One of the best googies ever!!

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Thanks again for your support to everyone!

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Bowen-Marine in Chaguaramas, Trinidad

I am still in Barbados… Today is the day of finals. My team got knocked out yesterday afternoon…was a great game though. After the game, the ole talk and recaps we went down to the beach. It was my first time going into the sea at night…actually bathing I mean. It always seemed scary to me… like JAWS. But it was awesome…warm waters, moon glistening off of the water…the sounds of the waves… Could this be any better?!! Well after that we went into the pool – the water was soooo warm. And from talk to talk to laughter…to game recaps all being down while wading, relaxing, sitting and so much more. After that I went and took a nap because we had to go out later. Everyone was pooped (tired) but didn’t want to stay in…so they snuck a nap in where they could. One of my brothers had me cracking up he was so tired, but so determined. My other brother held down the fort and stayed in, he was just too tired… but the remaining 11 of us headed out.

We left the hotel after midnight and headed down to St. Lawrence Gap! We hung out at Mc Bride’s…man that place was sweltering, but the DJ was great. From Katie Perry to Machel Montano to Biggie Smalls… Pop to reggae to soca to …. wonderful! They closed at 3am, we hunted around for stuff to eat then went back to the hotel. The other crew also just came in from where they went and the stories I tell you… LMAO.. These guys are the funniest ever! I decided to take a dip in the pool… After which I showered, hung out a bit more, then went to bed… All of this to explain why I am posting so late… 😉

Have a fantastic Monday!!

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Dr. Precise's prescription was rather imprecise

Just came in from the endless white sands, blue waters of the beach, and the warm waters of the pool in Barbados… I ate…and now I am posting… Ahhhhh.. wonderful! I saw a lot yesterday…going back to see more today. I see the clouds showing up… I hope it doesn’t dampen the great photo and sketch-ops. I am here for a football tournament (not to play), but I haven’t seen a game yet…Lol! I will be sure to share photos when I return.

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Visual Recipe - Mango Papaya Salsa

Forgive me for posting a bit later than usual today. I am in Barbados soaking up the sun, sand, sea…and the wonderful sketching opportunities. It is BEAUTIFUL here!!! The waters are as blue as blue can be…

For today’s Visual Recipe I am re-posting Mango Papaya Salsa by Aaron McCargo Jr. from Food Network’s Big Daddy’s House. It’s great for the summer and I hope you enjoy!

Happy Friday!!!

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Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC

I did this drawing of the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC in Summer 2003. This building was designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in association with Ellerbe Becket Architects & Engineers and completed in 1998.

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center was designed to complete and augment the 70-acre wedge of government offices known as Federal Triangle. It occupies the last open site on Pennsylvania Avenue (a former parking lot two blocks from the White House) where construction was halted by the Depression. The building was designed to complement its historic context in materials and scale yet its architectural strategy is modern. It articulates structure and creates significant public spaces while fulfilling an extraordinarily rich mixed-use program of government offices, private businesses and public amenities.  At 3.7 million s/f, the RRB/ITC is second only to the Pentagon as the largest federal building ever undertaken.

The design’s pronounced diagonal geometry is a direct response to Pennsylvania Avenue, which here bends east toward the Capitol. The building meets the Avenue at 90° and hinges back from a corner Rotunda to symbolically turn the street into the site. People are invited to enter a large outdoor plaza and to continue inside where a skylit conical space and public concourse offer retail, dining and vital connections to mass transit and neighboring buildings. In the seemingly impenetrable wall of government buildings that separates downtown from ceremonial Washington, the Reagan Building emphasizes access and permeability. It is both a destination and a public link to the nation’s Mall, its monuments and museums.

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

The building has a granite base with an exterior built with 42,000 slabs of limestone from the same Indiana quarry as other Federal Triangle buildings and is covered with five acres of terra-cotta roof tiles. The airy atrium is 125 feet high and contains 1,240 pieces of glass. Tunnels connect the building to the Federal Triangle Metro stop, as well as to the neighboring Department of Commerce.

At the Center of Washington’s Business, Social Worlds: Reagan Building Looming Large in City by Natalia A. Feduschak

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon

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Building on New St. in Port of Spain, Trinidad

5” x 8.25” ink pens, in Moleskine sketchbook

This is a sketch of a building on New Street in Port of Spain, Trinidad. It is obliquely opposite this one >>>. This building is characteristic of the Caribbean tradition of using good ventilation methods like sash windows with louvres at each side. It expresses a careful regard for the hot, wet, humid climate. Large eaves and overhangs protect walls from the harsh Caribbean sun, and walls of jalousies (louvres), and high level openings allow penetrating breezes to cool interiors. In the sketch above the wall is composed of windows, jalousies, and fretwork (ornamental open woodwork)…all aiding in ventilation; and creating a dynamic play of solid and void, light and shade, rectilinear and decorative. Notice dormer window, and the overhang of the upper story to protect the walls of the lower floor and passersby from the sun and rains (like I spoke of in this post >>).

“The basic function of a tropical building was to offer simple protection from rain and sun. This awareness eliminated many of the superficial elements of nostalgic colonial building. More appreciation for the out-of-doors allowed the garden to become an important part of the living environment, which led to connecting architectural elements between the out-of-doors and the building enclosure: galleries, verandas, porches, balconies, larger windows, louvered shutters, walls composed almost entirely of doors, and so on. Even the extensive use of fretwork, although undeniably decorative, had climatic advantages, for it offered a degree of privacy while still filtering the bright sunlight, allowing air to flow into the building and maintaining a visual connection with the outdoors.”

Historic Architecture in the Caribbean Islands by Edward E. Crain

People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them, they went out and happened to things – Leonardo Da Vinci

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