Chicago Baby! An architecture experience

Having never considered myself particularly interested in architecture other than to go “oooh that’s pretty!” I decided to take a river-boat-cruise about architecture during my stay here in Chicago. 

I was so glad I chose to go, it was gorgeous, seeing way they call the ‘canyon’ if skyscrapers from a different perspective with an enthusiast’s narration about the development and ebb and low of architecture styles, fads and trends. 

Also a lovely story or two about the change in the city’s relationship with the river, how it changed over time, used and abused, misused, loved and now a must-see feature of this booming city. 

How ever you look at it the city has many pockets of different characteristics and each nook and cranny appears to have a story to tell. 

I was so enamored with the new perspective and rich stories not just about the past and the history of Chicago’s buildings but the present; talking about the building we could see being built before us and then looking into the future of what these areas could and should become. 

Overall an insightful and somewhat poetical tip in places. I can highly recommend going on the Chicago’s First Lady boat tour. 

River cruise

Architecture River Cruise – Chicago’s First Lady

A few panoramic shots from the cruise

Pano River Cruise

Architecture River Cruise – Chicago’s First Lady

Pano River Cruise

Architecture River Cruise – Chicago’s First Lady

Navy Pier

A view by Navy Pier – Chicago’s First Lady

The junction river

The Junction on the river – Chicago’s First Lady

Cheers folks,

Josie x

Chicago Baby! A sight seeing experience

So today I’m heading to the Art Institute, I’ve been told you need days to fully explore, such is the delight and wonder of the place, so many things to see. 

Here are a few photos from my sight seeing so far this week; from my time in Millennium Park, which is a beautiful space with art installations, a beautiful and large free outdoor theatre, some fountains and ‘The Bean’ to name but a few. 

Millennium Park

Harris Theatre on the edge of Millennium Park

Harris Theatre

Harris Theatre on the edge of Millennium Park

The Bean

‘The Bean’ Cloud Gate at Millennium Park

The Bean

‘The Bean’ Cloud Gate at Millennium Park

Some art installationsArtTyre art work installations at Millennium Park
Artwork

Tyre art work installations at Millennium Park

Fountains on the edge of the park, a panoramic view

Fountains

Digital fountains at the edge of Millennium Park

Fountains digital faces

Digital fountains at the edge of Millennium Park

And my time in the 360 tower, also known as the John Hancock centre, enjoying some delicious cocktails and simply stunning panoramic views of the city.
A panoramic view

Chicago city view

Panoramic view of the city from the John Hancock centre

Cocktails on high

Cocktails on high, on the 96th floor of the John Hancock centre

Chicago view

A view of Chicago from the John Hancock centre

I hope you’ve enjoyed these snippets 😊

Thanks folks,
Josie x

Chicago Baby! A wanderer’s experience

Had a great day walking the streets of Chicago enjoying various coffees, cakes and delights as I travelled. 

Just sort of spent today getting to grips with the places and sights surrounding where I’m staying, taking some time out to get some slightly more deliberate and thought through photos done of some of the streets and architecture. 
I enjoyed really looking at where I was, not just seeing, really watching and looking at what’s surrounding me. Seeing the reaching curves and twists of the more cathedral like spires and turrets boldly standing in contrast to the sharp, blocked, concrete edges of the towering lines of the more modern structures. Some truly juxtaposed beauty to run in to around here.

Here are some photos from today, I quite like the way the over exposure works on these images 🙂 

Churchyard

Churchyard

Spires

Spires on Michigan Avenue

Clocks

Street clocks

Street view

Street view​ on the corner of Michigan Avenue

Cheers folks​
Josie x

Chicago Baby! A time traveling experience 

Having arrived yesterday at O’Hare airport I’m still getting to grips with the -6hours time difference, but so far jet lag has been bearable, it’s just my confusion over which day I’m actually on which keeps throwing me.

I’ve spent today getting my bearings and exploring this beautiful city, walked miles, jumped on the EL and went round the loop.

Went to several places on a delightful walk back up Michigan Avenue, also went to see ‘The Bean’ in Millennium Park, some lovely art installations including some HUGE fountains with changing faces, some sculptures made from tyres and various other bits and pieces. 

Also paid a visit to The Cheesecake Factory, which was a little bit like stepping into Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – and the cheesecakes were immense!! 

Finally took a trip up to the 96th floor of the John Hancock tower (360 tower) for a scrummy mojito and beautiful skyline view.

Looking forward to the rest of my time here, will keep you in the loop. 

Look out for my photos on instagram and the twittersphere đŸ€“đŸ‘

Cheers folks,

Josie 

Sketchnotes (3-4 min read)

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with it as a concept or even as a term but Sketchnoting is a great way to visualise and capture thinking, making sense of things and planning projects, presentations or even plot lines.

I’m not an expert by any means but wanted to share my experience with you as I’ve found it invaluable at work, with my writing, planning projects and for fun. There’s so much to say about this so I’ll try to keep it light and write some other bits another time.

I would highly recommend following Mike Rohde, Sunny Brown, Mauro Toselli . Chris Noessel and Sketchnote Army on twitter if you’re interested in Sketchnoting.

One of my favourite things about it is that it’s so unique – everyone develops their own style, icons and typography as they go, no two Sketchnotes are the same. Even if you produce multiple Sketchnotes for the same thing you are unlikely to create the same note twice.

For those of you thinking

The good news is it doesn’t matter – the point of a Sketchnote is not to produce a piece of art work that stands alone for others to look at, but to produce a snapshot of/help articulate your understanding.

Sketchnoting is essentially a doodle:

Often doodling is mistaken as  lack of focus or interest, actually it’s been found that it can help;

  • Focus, retention and recall,
  • Manipulating concepts,
  • Creative problem-solving

Sunni Brown: “Doodling serves a myriad of functions that result in thinking, albeit in disguise.”

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Oxymoron

Was writing my script tonight and the word ‘Oxymoron’ came up, as a result this little bundle of words flew at me

You’re acting naturally
When you’re alone together
As the frost burns your hands
In the sunniest weather
It’s a spontaneous plan
When you’re living in the moment
Weighing up the options
When only choice is atonement

Your inconsequential actions
Have consequences at last
You’re moving through time
Yet living in the past
When silence speaks volumes
It shatters and screams
You’ve lost all perspective,
But you’re living a dream

My ‘welcome’ post

It’s been a long time coming this has.

A big, beautiful and warm welcome to all my new blog followers, thank you.

This is a place where I’ll be posting and, eventually, selling some of my work, from poetry to sketches, digital prints to one off paintings and digital sketchnoted work. I hope you enjoy my art, photography, scribbles and my occasional musings.

There will be times where I have nothing new to post so will be promoting old work, at other times there may be lots of new things all flying up here at once, s’just the way I work. Those of you who’ve followed me on Twitter already will know that this is the case. To be honest I won’t tend to promote other people’s work here but will continue to do so on Twitter.

I also run a #scribblersSoundtrack playlist on Spotify – of which some of you lovely Twitter folk have already asked – yes it is an existing, actual, real playlist and you can listen to it if you fancy, or not if you don’t. It’s a little self indulgent of me, but I find it’s a nice platform for sharing some of my fave tracks or most inspirational artists – for both writing and sketching.

Any way, enjoy,
And many happy scribbles to you all!

Josie x