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Colored Pencil of the Robie House #1

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 19 August 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark in the Chicago, Illinois neighborhood of Hyde Park at 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue on the South Side. It was designed and built between 1908 and 1910 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is renowned as the greatest example of his Prairie style, the first architectural style that was uniquely American. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on November 27, 1963 and was on the very first National Register of Historic Places list of October 15, 1966.

The projecting cantilevered roof eaves, continuous bands of art-glass windows, and the use of Roman brick emphasize the horizontal, which had rich associations for Wright. The horizontal line reminded him of the American prairie and was a line of repose and shelter, appropriate for a house. The exterior walls are double-wythe construction of a Chicago common brick core with a red-orange iron-spotted Roman brick veneer. To further emphasize the horizontal of the bricks, the horizontal joints were filled with a cream-colored mortar and the small vertical joints were filled with brick-colored mortar. From a distance, this complex and expensive tuckpointing creates an impression of continuous lines of horizontal color and minimizes the appearance of individual bricks.

The design of the art glass windows is an abstract pattern of colored and clear glass using Wright's favorite 30 and 60-degree angles. Wright used similar designs in tapestries inside the house and for gates surrounding the outdoor spaces and enclosing the garage courtyard. The planter urns, copings, lintels, sills and other exterior trimwork are of Bedford limestone.

Photo captured September 30, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/4.5 ISO 100 18 mm

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Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Excellent traitement, vraiment très original. Bonne journée.

19 Aug 2013 7:50am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

This is the effect I was dreaming in my head that I wanted to do but failed that part
so miserably I gave up on it. This is simply beautiful perfection, and the best version
that I have ever seen of this effect, bravo, 5 *****'s !!~

19 Aug 2013 8:41am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
so beautiful composition, colors & treatment!
L O V E L Y !

19 Aug 2013 9:18am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Excellent , interesting processing !

19 Aug 2013 10:09am

saman from qazvin, Iran


19 Aug 2013 10:18am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Timeless beauty to the clean lines and angles of Wright's architecture. Inspired treatment you give it as well!

19 Aug 2013 10:55am

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Joli point de vue.
Traitement original.)

19 Aug 2013 12:46pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

19 Aug 2013 2:30pm

Graciel.la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Its a great treatment, a great treatment of a very nice shot. I like !

19 Aug 2013 3:35pm

FotoAnna ❀ from Mother earth, Netherlands

Beautiful shot and treatment, Steven!
Greetings, Anna :))

19 Aug 2013 4:22pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

QUite artistic processing!

19 Aug 2013 5:30pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

Great effect!

19 Aug 2013 6:16pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

Very nice processing

19 Aug 2013 6:51pm

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Interesting effect.

19 Aug 2013 7:29pm

Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

so nice POV
great shot

19 Aug 2013 8:14pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

excellent processing. very well done

19 Aug 2013 10:24pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Nice share, Steven. Such a great work of art.

19 Aug 2013 11:10pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Such a gorgeous house. I love all those windows to let in the natural light. Wonderful POV and I really like the colored pencil treatment!

19 Aug 2013 11:48pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful house I would love to see. Your processing is fantastic!

20 Aug 2013 1:11am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Wonderful treatment.

20 Aug 2013 1:35am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a very cool presentation.

20 Aug 2013 2:29am

franz from Baden, Austria

most appealing processing of a gorgeous image! i believe you've shown us this house before ...

20 Aug 2013 11:42am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Excellent processing. It has the appearance of a highly detailed drawing. The look achieved on the people is fantastic. It brings me very good memories since I lived very close to this building.

20 Aug 2013 5:11pm

@Francisco Romero: Stay tuned for another perspective tomorrow. :-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

That is one very large home with FLW's distinctive style.
Your pp treatment on it is wonderful.

21 Aug 2013 9:41am