This is a more graphic image that is more fitting for Halloween. Halloween; a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening,  is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. According to one view, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized observance influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into Jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. Faber-Castell Pitt Art pens with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-10-31 Halloween


Savvy on Main

A view of some of the local shops in the quaint village of Orleans, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. I was sitting in the parking lot of Savvy on Main (part of the foreground sign) sketching the shops across Main Street. Lamy Safari fountain pen with Noodler’s ink and  Pelikan watercolors in a 9″ x 12″ Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook.

2015-10-30 Savvy on Main

2015 Workd Series

Being a former collegiate baseball player, I love this time of year with championship in baseball ,the World Series, being played. This year it is between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets. The Royals have not won the championship since 1985 and the Mets last one it in 1986. This is a sketch of a baseball and the two team logos using  a Lamy Safari fountain pen with Noodler’s Black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-10-29 World Series

Kool Kone

Finally catching up with the scanning of my sketches. Kool Kone is a local favorite in Wareham, Massachusetts. It is open during the summer season and is always busy serving up ice cream treats  burgers and sandwiches along with excellent fired favorites like clams, scallops and fish. This view is of a small corner of the order windows that face the street. We have to get there one more time before they close for the season. Prismacolor Art Pens with Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-10-28 Kool Kone


Pineapples have exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart. They are second only to bananas as America’s favorite tropical fruit. Pineapples are a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. Each fruitlet can be identified by an “eye,” the rough spiny marking on the pineapple’s surface. Pineapples have a wide cylindrical shape, a scaly green, brown or yellow skin and a regal crown of spiny, blue-green leaves and fibrous yellow flesh. The area closer to the base of the fruit has more sugar content and therefore a sweeter taste and more tender texture. Lamy Safari fountain pen with Noodler’s Black Ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-10-27 Pineapple

Mashpee Sunset

After a gray day with drizzle most of the day, the sun came out for a spectacular sunset. The location is Mashpee Commons in Mashpee, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. Mashpee is a planned retail and office complex with a wonderful Cape Cod Aesthetic. This view is towards the central building with the colorful sunset and parting clouds beyond. Prismacolor Art Pens with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-10-24 Mashpee Sunset

Tihonet Pond

This sketch is of the spillway from Tihonet Pond in Tihonet Village which is part of Wareham, Massachusetts. Adjacent to this spillway is a collection of buildings that are part of A.D. Makepeace Company, the world’s largest cranberry grower. The company, over time, became pretty much self-contained. They used to actually make the boxes and barrels used for storing and shipping the cranberries. They also had their own fleet of vehicles, complete with a service station and garages. The building that is now the market was once used as a machinist shop.

2015-10-24 Tihonet Pond

Sea Girt Pavilion

This s a quick sketch of the Sea Girt Bathing Pavilion across the street from the lighthouse. The pavilion is closed for the season. This area is on the famous Jersey Shore with a wide sandy beach running for miles and miles. Prismacolor Art Pens with Pelikan watercolors in a 9″ x 12″ Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-10-22 Sea Grit Pavilion