Saturday, April 4, 2020

Down Low

3/28/20 Our livingroom, Maple Leaf neighborhood
In the mid-century house where I grew up, some door knobs were made of faceted glass. I was intrigued when I stared into these “diamond” door knobs, and once I invited a playmate to come see our “diamond room.” I made her close her eyes until she reached a glass knob, positioned her eyes near the knob, then revealed the diamonds. I’m not sure why she wasn’t as impressed as I thought she should be.

Recently Rob Sketcherman and Liz Steel put out a sketching challenge to “get down low” inside one’s home for a new perspective. I’d planned to sketch the light fixture in the center of our livingroom ceiling, but I wanted something else to put in the composition. I walked all around, trying to find a way to fit something else in. In the early-century house where I live now, we have a few original glass knobs, but they’re not quite as ornate and diamond-y as the ones in my childhood home. The mullioned French doors between the livingroom and Greg’s study have such knobs, and if I sat on the floor up against the doors, I could see the light fixture through it.

It was not the most comfortable sketch I’ve ever made, but I’m thankful for the challenge, because otherwise it never would have occurred to me to look for a composition from that perspective.


  1. My favorite part of this sketch is your shading on the glass door knob. Super!

    1. Thanks, Joan! I enjoyed doing that part the most!


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