To draw this last Tiffany chandelier I could stand and rest my notebook on the marble railing, next to Big George.
All of the Tiffany chandeliers have small design details that are sweet. I don’t know that photographs do it justice, and I doubt most folks walking through are able to notice. Drawing makes me notice.
There are tiny (almost) hearts at the bottom of the dome (above) that allow light to shine through, and a floral filigree pattern on the bottom (all images get bigger).
Teeny-tiny lights accent the floral pattern that graces the top of the lamp.
And the entire chandelier looks like a miniature gazebo, waiting for lovers!
The entry is an unusual space. It is like they split a small inner dome
(and if you can’t visualize the plans you might believe it is a dome, somehow)
because the coves at either end simply suggest a split apart dome!
Back in the Senate Chambers, I sketched a final hanging lamp,
but never wrote where I was, and know these exist in a couple of offices and
possibly the Democratic Caucus Room. I sat and sketched in a few places
from hallways and in rooms in two different sketchbooks, so not sure which was where!
I spent a bit of time sitting below one of the arches, contemplating the crazy spheres, arches, and marching colonnades in the dome tower. I would’ve liked to do the formal drawings for this building; right up my alley. Born at the wrong time!
A former Washingtonian artist spoke of climbing the dome prior to the earthquake,
when it was still open. Apparently it is quite a hike (she was a teenager) with steep steps, and she remembers that. I’m not sure I’m up to it but I’d like to try!
All drawn onsite in a Stillman & Birn Delta journal (rich ivory paper) with a Lamy Safari pen, a Noodler’s giveaway pen, and Polar Brown Noodlers ink.
In the studio I added color: Daniel Smith (green umber, quinophthalone yellow, grey), Holbien (quinacridone gold = super creamy), QoR (terre green, bohemian green) and Sennelier (raw umber, quinacridone red, white) watercolors.
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Images of the Legislative Building courtesy Mitchell Powell and myself.