American Lobster

A quick sketch tonight before dinner. The American Lobster, Homarus americanus, is a species of lobster found on the Atlantic Coast of North America from Labrador to New Jersey. It is also known as True Lobster or Maine Lobster. It can reach a body length of 25 inches, and a weight of over 44 pounds, making it the heaviest crustacean in the world. American lobsters are usually bluish green to brown with red spines, but a number of color variations have been observed. Faber-Castell Pitt Pens in Sanguine color in an Alpha Series Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.

2015-08-24 American Lobster


Stone Quarry

The Simeone Quarry is located just behind the Wrentham Outlets in Wrentham, Massachusetts. The equipment is so complex in a quarry like this with all of the conveyors, machines, ladders and sheds. Crushed Stone Aggregates and Sand/Gravel are generated from a variety of natural deposits – limestone, granite, trap rock, and other durable mineral resources.  Production of these products requires blasting and excavating the broken stone from quarries followed by progressive stages of crushing, screening, washing and blending. The aggregate products range in size from Rip-Rap, where each stone may weigh several tons, to manufactured sand for use in concrete and asphalt products. Faber-Castell Pitt Art pens with Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.

2015-08-23 Aggregate Industries

Rock and Roll Carnival

This is a sketch from a photo that I snapped on Friday across the street from our summer party at Iggy’s. The small town carnivals are a rite of summer with all of sounds, smells and sights. I think that the Ferris Wheel at this location is the same one I sketched in April in Pawtucket.  Faber-Castell Pit pens with Holbein and Daniel Smith Watercolors in a Stillman & Birn Alpha Sketchbook.

2015-08-22 Carnival

Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House

Today we had our company summer party at Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House at Oakland Beach in Warwick, Rhode Island. We recently designed a new structure adjacent to the classic beach stand. Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder house is one of Rhode Island’s famous landmarks as well as the oldest beach stand in RI. It was built in 1924. The building has survived two major hurricanes and was standing on its original structure until it was renovated in 2008. The beach stand was originally called Gus’s. Gaetano Gravino worked at Gus’s and in 1989 he purchased the beach stand. Great time, camaraderie and plenty of food. Pilot Namiki Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s ink and Holbein watercolors in an Alpha series Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.

2015-08-21 Iggys

Hardy Hibiscus

Overnight this beautiful Hardy Hibiscus flower opened up in our yard to full bloom, the others are still buds. The color is Cranberry Crush and the flower is about 7″ across. This was difficult to paint in that it is a very flat flower, almost like a disk with very little depth. I should have added some background color to add depth. Still a favorite of ours during the late summer. Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Alpha Sketchbook.

2015-08-20 Hibiscus Flower

Ridgewood Avenue School

A little free time prior to another country club meeting. Ridgewood Avenue School is an upper elementary school with approximately 600 students in Grades 3-6.  The school builds on the foundation skills learned in the primary schools, and through an authentic and hands-on approach, encourages students to love and take responsibility for their own learning. The building itself is located in the heart of the Borough and is a tan brick with carved limestone details and a beautiful red clay tile roof. The school is listed on the State Historic Register. This charming turn of the century building houses the only auditorium in the district.

2015-08-19 Ridgewood Avenue School