Thursday, July 31, 2008

Unitarian Church

When I lived in Charleston, I frequently cut through the Unitarian Church side yard. The King Street entrance was overgrown, lush and mysterious, giving way to the cemetery yard and finally to the treeless, glaringly bright Archdale Street entrance.

This 1999 sketch is from the cemetery yard.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

St. John's

This sketch from 1999 is of St. John's steeple in Charleston, South Carolina.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

St. Michael's and the Post Office

Here's another of the 1999 Charleston sketches I unearthed the other night. They will make up my posts here this week.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Four Corners of Law

I was rooting through some boxes for family photos last night and came across a few pen and inks from Charleston that I made a little over 9 years ago. Since I'm still posting Charleston paintings on The Grand Tour, I thought I'd post a handful of these steeple sketches.

This must have been the preliminary sketch for The Four Corners of Law.

Celebrate Beatrix Potter's birthday at My Great Day.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sunflower Patch

If you follow My Great Day, you might remember that I lost a large mulberry stump and an 80' Hackberry tree this past year. In April, I planted some sweet broom, red-tipped photinia and elaegnus along the naked space. A neighbor up the street gave me extra sunflower seedlings that I planted along the wire space. Here you can see that they've shot up mightily, banked by another hefty patch of pokeberry and fronted by some volunteer squash from the compost pile I moved to make way for the new shrubs. So far, one of the squash vines has produced what looks like a decorative gourd and the large leaved squash at the bottom of the drawing might bring forth pumpkins. Time will tell.

These sunflowers are a great joy to look at as I sit outside the studio on breaks.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Walnut Trees

Home again. To walnut trees in full foliage. These are a trio that loom high from the yard across the back alley. I have three more on my property. Most, I think, planted by squirrels.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Green Airport

Waiting to leave Providence, Rhode Island. Ah, it was good to get away. I'll have to do this more often.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Big news in the Boston Globe over breakfast at the Brewster Coffee Shop. Pepe, the African Wattled Crane at the Franklin Park Zoo took no interest in his arranged mating with blind date, Kotze. I mean, really. What do they expect? That any member of the opposite sex will do? With people looking on?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Linnell Landing

My last morning on Cape Cod found me bayside at Linnell Landing in Brewster. High tide left only a soft, slanted path along the water's edge and I sank with every step.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Marconi Point

As a general rule, I make it a point to spend time on the beach between sunrise and 10 AM and then late in the afternoon through sunset. However, I had very limited time and only managed to get to the national seashore on Cape Cod around noon when the light was blindingly bright and I set myself up for a crispy sunburn on my back. Nonetheless, I was glad to be there and scribbled this bit of the massively impressive dunes and a few other beach goers.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Gropius House

I took a long awaited swim across Walden Pond just before a second round of severe thunderstorms. I made it back to my car before the torrential rains but had to pull off the road nearby because the roads were flooding. Fortunately, I was at the Walter Gropius house driveway and pulled in to make a sketch from the car. I had to keep the engine on and the windshield wipers going at full tilt. Unfortunately, someone had to pass up the driveway so I had to pull up to the house mid-sketch. I thought I was pulling it off until I really looked at what I was doing and saw that I'd collapsed the house in such a way that it seems to be missing a good length through the middle. Oh, well. I enjoyed the process!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Main Streets Market

Before a meeting at the Thoreau Society, I grabbed a sandwich at Main Streets Market in Concord and made this sketch while waiting.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tang Horse

The MFA Boston has a remarkable, larger than life painted wood Bodhisattva in its collection. When I lived in Boston, I used to go to the museum to just sit before the very strong presence of the statue. It's been in storage now for years but I always go to see if they've brought it back. Not yet. But they do have a nice collection of glazed earthenware horses in the same area. This horse from the Tang dynasty is among them. A detail from the saddle ornamentation is below:

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Calderwood Courtyard

I put aside the first part of Saturday to visit my favorite museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. I put aside so much time, in fact, that I was able to take a leisurely coffee and muffin over this sketch in the cafeteria courtyard.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Woods Hole

I missed connecting with my friend mid-day so drove myself to Woods Hole for an extremely expensive sandwich. I made this sketch while waiting at the restaurant.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Mindy painting

On my way to the car, I walked by this woman painting away, gabbing to her friend who sat with two adorable dogs. I joined in the conversation while making this very scribbly sketch.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

On the walk back to town

I was stunned by the light as I passed a little opening in between houses. I stopped in my tracks on the sidewalk and made this sketch propping everything I could on my forearms and in between fingers. A man walked by and asked if I was waiting for the bus. There's a bus on this little street, I thought? Do I look like I'm waiting for a bus?

Friday, July 4, 2008

Falmouth Beach

Just as I had set up my field kit, some teenagers flopped down with their towels and frisbee directly in my line of sight. Oh, well, I thought.... It's more important for them to relax and have fun at the beach than it is for me to make a little sketch. But I proceeded anyway and sort of guessed a bit. It really was too windy to do much with lots of sand flying about.

This sketch kept reminding me of something ... Wow! I just realized what it is. Go see my mother's sketch from half a century ago at Nothing comes from nothing.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Quick Clouds

These may not look like clouds but that's what they are. When I saw what I'd done, I thought, O.K., closed the sketch book and headed to a more protected space for a little watercoloring.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


It was a very windy day with a strong drive from off shore — a little too intense for a small kite on a narrow beach.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Seagull & Cormorant

Two feathered friends off Falmouth Beach.


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