A Random Idea

I try a spur of the moment idea with moderate success.

Today marks the official end of summer for me.  Tomorrow, I get a fresh new batch of kiddos and begin my seventh time through 6th grade! (For those playing the counting game, I went through it one time and taught it five times. This makes six!)

Every year is a new year, and I have to admit, I am seriously excited to get back to some sort of regular routine. I’m not looking forward to the 5:30 AM wake up calls, and the insanely long hours of grading, but hey, it is what it is.

Anyway, I’m trying some new things this year. Last year left a bit of a sour note, and I want to make sure I don’t repeat it. But school isn’t why I have this blog, so it’s time to talk about something more blog appropriate!


 

So, in my mind-space, I’ve created this idea that the north district was the oldest bit of land in this beautiful city I’m building.  With that being the case, I understand that the walls of the current city wouldn’t have existed as they currently are.  So, today’s post is meant to be more of a memorial of sorts of a time long past: a portion of the wall that once protected the inhabitants.

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So this was my basic skeleton. I was trying to get the proportions right regarding height and width of the pillars bordering the road.  I immediately decided that I needed to add some depth to this, but I was moderately pleased with this frame as a starting point.

As I built it up, it started to look too bulky.  I was satisfied with most of the shape, so as you can see in the right picture, I just shaved off a couple of blocks which ended up adding another layer to the arch and making it more defined. Score!

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As I kept building, I realized that it was getting too large again. It almost looks like there are two roofs here, doesn’t it? Time to reduce the footprint again.

This is where I get torn.  The left picture shows a reduced build that looks less like a roof. The problem is, I lose that depth that makes the arches really pop. The right side is just too bulky though! Grr…

I’m leaving this for another day.  This is what I’m left with. Bulky left side; narrowed right.  It’s a start at least. I am planning on adding some flowers and green space around this, maybe that is what I need to help finalize and figure this puzzle out.

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Until next time!