[the occasional] Dumb Sketch

Backing away from the daily sketching of 2015, to observe more slowly and acutely.

Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, 1941 (#352)

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About kirkistan

Kirk Livingston is a copywriter in St. Paul.

20 comments on “Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, 1941 (#352)

  1. memadtwo
    December 18, 2015

    Wow Kirk. Really great. And the colors are perfect.
    The atmosphere is so like what I remember of visiting my grandparents in Canton, Ohio, too. Well done! (K)

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    • kirkistan
      December 18, 2015

      Thanks, Kerfe. I was really pleased with this when I finished it. The photo so captured my attention and it had such an old mood to it.

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  2. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)
    December 18, 2015

    Wowser!! This is one of your best Kirk! I love the way you handled the color and the scene came out perfectly!!

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    • kirkistan
      December 18, 2015

      Thanks, Charlie. I really felt good about this one. All that white and grey and subdued color. That photo really captured my imagination. I appreciate your comment.

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  3. tequihby
    December 18, 2015

    This is beautiful Kirk! I love it. The colour choices are definitely great too.

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  4. Laura (Createarteveryday)
    December 18, 2015

    Woo! Nice work, Kirk! The building in the far distance is my favorite. Love the colors and you’ve nailed the perspective! Muoy impressivo, my friend!

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    • kirkistan
      December 18, 2015

      Thanks, Laura. I was pleased with this one, as you are fond of asking. This may be one of my favorites for the whole year.

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      • Laura (Createarteveryday)
        December 18, 2015

        Yay!!! I’m so glad to hear! I’d read the other comments and that’s why I didn’t ask lol. Did you wind up reading that perspective book or is this just from practicing? I’ve really been amazed at how well your perspective has developed since I’ve been following you.

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      • Laura (Createarteveryday)
        December 18, 2015

        PS This reminds me of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

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  5. Jodi
    December 18, 2015

    WOWZA! Outstanding Kirk! This is only about 40 minutes from me. Where do you live? Looks like an old photo? You really caught my eye with this one. GREAT job!!!

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    • kirkistan
      December 18, 2015

      Thanks, Jodi. I’m in Minnesota, but this image popped out at me from a Tumblr post. I was attracted to the elevation, the geometry, and the lonely sense of that guy walking in the street. Thanks for your comment!

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  6. Jodi
    December 18, 2015

    Duh – obviously old photo – LOL! Where did you get it?

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    • kirkistan
      December 18, 2015

      It just popped across my Tumblr dashboard. It makes me want to see more by that photographer.

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      • Jodi
        December 18, 2015

        Wow – such a small world – eh?

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      • kirkistan
        December 18, 2015

        40 minutes away? I’m sure it’s changed a lot since 1941. I’d love to see that view in real life today.

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      • Jodi
        December 18, 2015

        Yes – I’m sure, but it is a rather depressed area these days. As you can see by the photo it was a community that thrived in the heyday of the Steel Industry in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has thrived in becoming a healthcare and techie city, but some of these smaller communities that housed many steelworkers didn’t fare as well.

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      • kirkistan
        December 18, 2015

        I would have liked to see the city in those steel glory days.

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  7. Nicola
    December 18, 2015

    I love this, very atmospheric, wonderful neutral colours. My new favourite of yours

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