Floor Sander

This is how I spent half of my day today, helping my friend Keith sand his basement floors in preparation for stain. This was a difficult item to sketch in that it is bright chrome and hard to get the subelt shades and reflections. I just knew it had to be drawn since I we spent so much time with it. Faber-Castell Pens, Daniel Smith Watercolors in a 6″ x 8″ Moleskine Watercolor Book.

2015-03-21-Floor Sander

Spring Equinox?

According to the sun and the stars, this is the first day of Spring. With snow in the forecast again and the piles of snow in around the Sharon View Nursery in Sharon, Massachusetts, I am not sure that Mother Nature wants Spring to arrive yet. 40 minutes, Faber-Castell Art Pens in an Alpha Series Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.

2015-03-20-Sharon View Nursery

Waiting for Spring

This sketch is based on a photograph taken last week at Soltice Restaurant in Kingston, MA. The Adirondack chairs and old luggage cart appear as if they are waiting for the snow to melt and Spring to arrive along the tracks. This train station was built in 1889 for the Old Colony Railroad. There was passenger service to this station (mostly for the New York, New Haven & Hartford RR, which took over this line in 1893) until 1959. Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens in an Alpha Series Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.

2015-03-18-Soltice - Waiting for Spring

Penny Pinchers Exchange

The Penny Pinchers Exchange is a consignment shop in Marion, Massachusetts that raises money for the First Congregational Church in Marion. In 1885 Elizabeth Taber gave the church the Chapel Building located just up the street from the church. The building was used for Sunday School and Prayer Meetings prior to it’s current use.Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens in an 8″ x 10″ Alpha Series Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.

2015-03-17-First Congregational Marion


This is a watercolor from a photograph that I snapped over the weekend. Skeeter was a small sailboat undercover in a boatyard in Marion, MA. The colors of Skeeter were a stark contrast to the larger, more monochromatic boats in the background. Watercolor with a pencil sketch under. Once again, I need to learn when to stop in the process. In this case I added the extra ink work that was not needed. Daniel Smith Watercolors, White Charcoal Pencil in an Alpha Series Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.


“For bells are the voice of the church; They have tones that touch and search The hearts of young and old.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Pen and Ink sketch of Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Marion. MA.  The current Chapel was consecrated in 1900. The patron saints name is said to have originated in a storm at sea, when Admiral Harwood called upon the Angel Gabriel for deliverance. He promised to build a church in Marion, which subsequently became St. Gabriel’s. Pigma Micron Black Pens in a Stillman and Birn Alpha Series Sketchbook.

2015-03-14-Saint Gabriels