Massasoit State Park

Another cold blustery day sketching from the comfort of my car. This completes the first month of my Odyssey. This is a great exercise to discipline myself in sketching more and to increase my ability in documenting my corner of the world. The entry house for the state park. Massasoit is a heavily wooded state park that has an abundance of hiking trails.Micron Pens in a Stillman and Birn Alpha Series Sketchbook.



Slater Mill

The Slater Mill is an historic textile mill complex on the banks of the Blackstone River in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Modeled after cotton spinning mills first established in England, the Slater Mill is the first water-powered cotton spinning mill in North America to utilize the Arkwright system of cotton spinning as developed by Richard Arkwright. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Lunchtime Pen and Ink sketch using Micron pens in a Stillman and Birn Alpha Series Sketchbook.

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A Little Winter Color

Mr. Potato Head is a classic American toy consisting of a variety of plastic parts that would be attached to a potato. These parts usually include ears, eyes, shoes, a hat, a nose, and a mouth. The toy was invented and developed by George Lerner and manufactured by Hasbro in 1952. Mr. Potato Head became the first toy advertised on television and was targeted directly to children rather than parents. This Mr. Potato Head is life sized in front of the Hasbro Headquarters in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Pelikan Watercolors, Niji Waterbrush, Stillman and Birn Alpha Sketchbook.

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Cranebrook Tea Room

The snow and the muted colors will be here to stay for some time. The Crane Brook Restaurant and Tea Room was one of our favorite restaurants that closed a couple of years ago. The buildings on the site have a long and evolving history relating to three different Plymouth County industries: manufacturing, agriculture and hospitality. In 1760, a foundry was built on this site by Bartlett Murdoch using Sampson’s Pond bog iron to produce many different products. This furnace later created cannonballs used during the War of 1812. Later incarnations were a cranberry screening house and then the restaurant and gift shop. Daniel Smith Watercolors in a Canson Sketchbook.


The Calm before the Storm

This is the view outside my studio window. The snow has started to fall on our copper Patchen Horse Weathervane just outside our Studio window. The forecast is for a Blizzard tomorrow with up to 30 inches of snow. The horse looked so peaceful with a light coating of snow. I need much more work on animals and people, but you have to start somewhere. Pelikan Watercolors, Niji waterbrush in a Stillman and Birn Beta Sketchbook.


Beatles Extravaganza

A weekend long celebration of all things Beatles. Today included Movies (Help and Hard Days Night), Documentaries and Live Performances. The venue is The Spire Center for the Performing Arts in Plymouth, MA. In this sketch I tried to capture a great local band 3rd Left performing Beatles songs that they learned for this evening. Great band and great fun. The sketch was done on site with the color added later in the studio. Micron Pens, Pelikan Watercolors, Niji waterbrush in a Ivory Moleskine Book.

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Architecture in Decay

Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station is an abandoned railroad station located in the cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls. The station was originally built in 1915-16 by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad as a replacement for two separate stations. The station was served by New Haven Railroad trains and then the MBTA until 1981. The structure was barely saved from demolition when a CVS was constructed in front of the station.  The glass and iron canopies were removed and the structure is in disrepair with graffiti and missing details. From photos, the interior was a grand vaulted hall with a large decorative skylight typical of the era. Lamy Fountain Pen with Noodler’s Ink on the last page of a Canson Sketchbook

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