I've been in Philadelphia for two weeks, and have one week of classes under my belt. I want to share some images of my studio space on the third floor of the Tyler art building. I'm really excited to have so much natural light, and so much space to paint. I havent gotten many supplies yet, so I havent been creating much, but so much of the creative process for me is getting the space to be just right. Hopefully I'll be able to start in on some paintings by the end of this week.
The other images were taken in the neighborhood near my apartment. I think a lot about what makes a particular city or place feel the way it does, and in Philadelphia I think the construction of the streets has a lot to do with the atmosphere of the city. Most streets are very narrow one-ways, with 3 and 4 story row houses taking up the length of every block. There is a distinct feeling of being enclosed, without being towered over like you would experience with downtown skyscrspers. I'm interested in the few open spaces that you can emerge into, such as parks and empty lots. I was surprised to learn that you can see the Center City skyscrapers from the park near my house, while that view is hidden when you stand on most street corners.