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The blog serves as a collection space for a variety of musings and observations of the world around us...through the use of sketches, drawings, photos, images and videos...intended to be shared and to stimulate thoughts, ideas and inspirations...douglas wittnebel

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hope and Prayers for the North Bay California

The fires are still burning up north in Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa and we are all hoping and praying that the smoke and flames will end ...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Myojoji Temple in Ishikawa softened view

Myōjō-ji Temple consists of a set of large buildings, set on atop a hill, which were created over the last six centuries. One of them is the priest’s living quarters, built in 1593, and some of the more striking ones include the Goju-no-To (35m tall 5 storied pagoda) built in 1618 and the Joroku-do Hall, located at the very far end of the temple.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Wandering around the Myojyoji Temple on the Noto peninsula...

... a portion of the scene from the temple grounds...

Founded in 1294 by the Japanese saint Nichizo, a disciple of the Nichiren Sect, the Myōjō-ji Temple is located in on the Noto Peninsula south of Wajima, and is now the head temple of the Nichiren Sect.

Myōjō-ji Temple consists of a set of large buildings, set on atop a hill, which were created over the last six centuries. One of them is the priest’s living quarters, built in 1593, and some of the more striking ones include the Goju-no-To (35m tall 5 storied pagoda) built in 1618 and the Joroku-do Hall, located at the very far end of the temple.

I spent three humid hot hours wandering the grounds of the temple and buildings.  Dragonflies darted in the shadows and Semi (cicadas) were singing in the trees.  It looked like it would really rain but no water ever touched the ground...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

My Daughters "best lunch ever!"

Place a bowl of rice mixed with egg and seaweed with a topping of ikura in front of my daughter and she will be very very very very very happy...

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A visit to Kamakura on a very hot humid day in July...

... On a travel day going from Hayama back to Tokyo, we took a side trip to visit the Daibutsu in Kamakura... traveling on the Enoden train from the Kamakura station over to Hase station, and then walking north to the site ...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Domo-kun found on side of the bus in Tokyo ...

#Domo-kun #どーもくん sighted on the side of the bus from Shibuya station #NHK mascot found dressed up in costume...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Friday morning TV Tokyo characters

It's Friday in #tokyo on the morning #TV show for #children like me! #kinyobi #きんようび 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The buildings of Chicago always thrill me...

Starting with the Wrigley building... a simple line drawing and then adding more to the scene below...

Carl Sandburg wrote this poem about the city...


     HOG Butcher for the World,
     Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
     Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
     Stormy, husky, brawling,
     City of the Big Shoulders:

They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I
     have seen your painted women under the gas lamps
     luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it
     is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to
     kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the
     faces of women and children I have seen the marks
     of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who
     sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer
     and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing
     so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on
     job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the
     little soft cities;

Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning
     as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
          Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with
     white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young
     man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has
     never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse.
     and under his ribs the heart of the people,
Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of
     Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog
     Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with
     Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Views east from the window at the New Hotel Jen revealed the CCTV building and CITIC tower.  Views within the hotel illustrate the desk setting, built-in seating, Samsung screen on arm, and warm wood and carpet finishes...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Beijing CCTV tower once again in purple ...

dà kùchǎ (大裤衩

Every time I see this building, I have to draw it, here's a view from the restaurant level at Hotel Jen...

The CCTV main building is not a traditional tower, but a loop of six horizontal and vertical sections covering 473,000 m2(5,090,000 sq ft) of floor space, creating an irregular grid on the building's facade with an open center. The construction of the building is considered to be a structural challenge, especially because it is in a seismic zone.  The architect, Ren Koolhaas has said the building "could never have been conceived by the Chinese and could never have been built by Europeans. It is a hybrid by definition". Because of its radical shape, it's said that a taxi driver first came up with its nickname dà kùchǎ (大裤衩), roughly translated as, "big boxer shorts'.  Locals often refer to it as "big pants". A Chinese critic said that the structure was modeled after a pornographic image of a woman on her hands and knees, which Koolhaas has officially denied.....  From Wikipedia... 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Back in Beijing for the week for work time

Back in the big city of Beijing for meetings with financial groups, and some viewings of the new construction in the CBD ... CITIC Tower next to the CCTV tower...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wrigley Building in Chicago, viewed from hotel, 1921-1924, first part

The building was designed by the architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White using the shape of the Giralda tower of Seville's Cathedral combined with French Renaissance details. 
The 425-foot (130 m) south tower was completed in April 1921 and the north tower in May 1924. Walkways between the towers were added at the ground level and the third floor. In 1931, another walkway was added at the fourteenth floor to connect to offices of a bank in accordance with a Chicago statute concerning bank branch offices. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

State Street bridge, Chicago visit

This bridge is among the newer of Chicago's deck truss bascule bridges with a 1949 construction date...The bridge is an example of the unique Chicago design which raised the position of the deck truss up just far enough so that the top chord is above the deck like a pony truss, where it can act as a guardrail and also increase both the clearance under the bridge and the streamlined aesthetics of the bridge. This design is known as the railing height truss...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chicago visit for IIDA and Neocon

Today Chicago boasts somewhere over 40 movable bridges. At least 20 of these are in the downtown area. During Chicago's boating season, which runs from April 15 through November 15, over 52,000 boats pass through the Chicago River, and the bridges are opened close to 30,000 times a year.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Fuente de la Diana Cazadora in Mexico City

The Huntress Diana Fountain (Fuente de la Diana Cazadora) is a monumental fountain of Diana located in the roundabout at Paseo de la Refirma and Río Misisipí and Sevilla streets, on the border of the Colonia Cuauhtémoc and Colonia Juarez neighborhoods of Mexico City.

Here is my drawing of the scene from the 3rd floor lobby of the St. Regis Hotel...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Flatiron print framed at Gensler NY

...One of my good friends and a principal at Gensler in New York, Rocco Giannetti, has framed the Flatiron building drawing shown here... this was created on my iPad back in April during a Big Apple trip...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

While flying to New York at 32,000 feet altitude, I draw a Landscape of Objects...

I love to draw while flying, I often spend that unique space and time event in explorations of new ideas and concepts...

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009
a selection of sketches from the Grand Canyon