The Richard Sparrow House is a historic house at 42 Summer Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts and the oldest surviving house in Plymouth. The house was built around 1640 by Richard Sparrow, an English surveyor who arrived in Plymouth in 1636. He was granted a 16-acre tract of land in 1636 on which the house was later built. The Sparrow House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Massachusetts. The house is now operated as a house museum and the home of Sparrow House Pottery. Pigma Micron Pens with Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook.
Month: February 2015
A great evening at the TD Bank Boston Garden to see the Boston Celtics play the Charlotte Hornets. The game got very slow in the 3rd quarter so I sketched the scoreboard from our seats on the upper level. Celtics won the game in the end. Pigma Micron Pens in a Moleskine watercolor book. Might add a little color to this tomorrow.
A co-worker in my office, Mark P., suggested that I sketch the old Ready Mix Plant just down the street from the office. It had been abandoned for some time and was a rusted hulk from an earlier time. When I drove by, it had been demolished and the site was vacant with the exception of the giant snow piles from this winter. Thankfully for Google Streets, I was able to get a street view photo of the facility before demolition. The photo shows a collection metal forms that had a wonderful rusted patina from years of use and neglect. Prismacolor Black pens and Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook.
Today I was struck by the contrast of this scene. I was at another project today at the Salem Country Club in the Ross Dining Room. The brightness of the snow scene outside the windows contrasted with the almost black interiors as seen in silhouette. It was very difficult to capture some of the detail without going completely dark on the interiors. Faber-Castell pens with Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook.
Ridgewood Country Club
A quick sketch of the entry turret while waiting for my next meeting at the club. The Ridgewood Country Club is a twenty-seven-hole golf course and clubhouse constructed in Paramus, New Jersey and opened on May 30th, 1929. Ridgewood is also a PGA Tour stop every 3 years as part ot the Barclay’s Tournament. The Norman Revival clubhouse was designed by Clifford Wendehack. , who was among the foremost clubhouse architects of the early twentieth century. Lamy Safari Fountain pen with Noodlers Black ink, Daniel Smith watercolors and Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook.
New York City Skyline
The Parish House and Chapel
I have even less time to draw in weekends than during the week with all of the snow clean-up required this winter. This is a quick sketch of the Parish House and Chapel at Saint Barnabas Memorial Church in Falmouth, MA that was dedicated in December 1890. The building was a gift from Frank Beebe in memory of his mother and two sisters, Frances and Mary Louise. The house was originally used as a reading room or library for the town of Falmouth. Pigma Micron pens in an Alpha Series Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.
Cathedral Camp Assumption Chapel
A quick sketch from the car once again on another snowing day in New England. This is a pen and ink sketch of the Assumption Chapel at the Cathedral Camp in East Freetown, MA. As a ministry of the Fall River Roman Catholic Diocese, Cathedral Camp strives to create an atmosphere in which Christian values are modeled by the way we treat one another and the environment in our everyday activities. Pigma Micron pens in an Alpha Series Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.
It is amazing how aware you become of your surroundings when you are looking everywhere for visual interest for a sketch or painting. These Lobster Buoys were hung a wall adjacent to the Blue Eyed Crab Restaurant in Plymouth, MA. “The world is your lobster!” ― Arthur Daley. It is our favorite restaurant and I have never noticed these before, Daniel Smith Watercolors in an Alpha Series Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.
A quick value study for a possible watercolor painting at a later date. This is from a photo taken during a much warmer time of the year. The view is of an old fishing shack on Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA looking towards Smith Cove. Koh-I-noor woodless grafite pencil in an Alpha Series Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.