Sea Girt Lighthouse

Another trip to New Jersey for business. Sea Girt Lighthouse in Sea Girt, New Jersey, flashed its first light December 10, 1896. The beacon, which could be seen 15 miles at sea, guided countless mariners in their journeys and contributed to the state’s economic growth and helped make sailing through local waters safer. The lighthouse was built to illuminate a blind spot midway in the 38½-mile stretch between Navesink Lighthouse (Twin Lights) to the north and Barnegat Lighthouse to the south. It also served as a landmark for nearby Sea Girt Inlet and Wreck Pond. The red brick structure with a tower rising 44 feet was the last live-in lighthouse built on the Atlantic Coast. A live-in lighthouse has the tower integrated into the living quarters.  Sea Girt was equipped with a fourth order Fresnel lens, which was 30 inches high. The multi-sided beehive-shape lens had a bulls-eye prism like a big magnifying glass in the middle of each side. Lamy Fountain Pen with Noodler’s black ink and Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-10-21 Sea Grit Lighthouse



Another quick sketch from the zoo. Peacock’s are beautiful animals with the iridescent feathers. The Indian peacock has iridescent blue and green plumage. The peacock “tail”, known as a “train”, consists not of tail quill feathers, but highly elongated upper tail coverts. These feathers are marked with eyespots, best seen when a peacock fans his tail. Both sexes of all species have a crest atop the head. Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors with black ink work in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

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Trip to the Zoo

Today I had a couple of hours of time between meetings in New Jersey. I headed to the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, New Jersey. It is a pretty nice zoo, although growing up in Southern California I compare everything to the San Diego Zoo which is on of the best in the world. It was mid-day so many of the animals were hiding pretty well. I took some photos of the Peacock, Red Tailed Hawk and Bald Eagles. I am pretty happy with these sketches except the beak on one of the eagles make it look more like a parrot. Whenever you think of a peacock, you always think of the beautiful tail feathers, although  the coloration of the head and body of the birds is amazing. Lamy fountain pen with Noodler’s Black ink with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

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Grand Opening

Tonight we attended the Grand Opening of Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey. The club just completed a multi-year, $15,000,000.00 dollar renovation to the clubhouse that was designed by my firm. The  project turned out beautiful with great architecture and wonderful interiors. There were about 450 members and guests at the opening with plenty of great food and drinks. We totally reimaged the club based on its culture inside and out. This is a view of the Main Entry Portico in the early evening prior to the event. Lamy fountain pen with Noodler’s ink and  Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-10-18 Canoe Brook

Caitlin and Dina

Today was a beautiful wedding of my wife Lisa’s Goddaughter Dina and her soul mate Caitlin. The ceremony was outside at dusk overlooking this beautiful lake at Pinewood Lodge Campground in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It was a wonderful occasion with 2 beautiful people with family and friends. Faber-Castell Pitt Art pens with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook.

2015-10-17 Caitlin and Dina

Fiddler on the Roof

My nephew Cam is in a wonderful performance of Fiddler on the Roof this weekend. The musical was produced by The Little Theater of Fall River and was performed in the theater at Bristol Community College. Cam is in multiple scenes as a Russian and dancer. He is so talented and did a wonderful job. Fiddler on the Roof is a musical based on book by Joseph Stein. The setting is Anatevka, a small village in Russia in 1905, on the eave of the Russian Revolutionary Period.  The story is based on Tevye the Dairyman and his 5 daughters as he attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one’s choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. This is an image from the cover of the playbill and is done in Prismacolor black pen with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-10-16 Fiddler on the Roof

Alpaca Farm


This is a view of a small Alpaca Farm near our house. A collection of small sheds for the alpacas and the chickens set in a small field. Alpacas look kind of like small llamas.  I have to make a point to meet the little guys some day. Prismacolor black pens with Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.


Every morning on my way into work, a couple of blocks from our house, I come across these guys. There are 2 flocks of wild turkeys that cross the road every morning. A group of wild turkeys is called a flock and a group of domestic turkeys is called a rafter. Some mornings I go slow past them and other mornings and some evenings I have to stop and wait for them to continue. Unlike the domestic turkeys that are used for food, wild turkeys are beautiful with all of the subtle colors. The black feathers have an iridescent quality to them and the tail feathers have brown highlights on the ends. There are also white feathers with black spots and blue and red skin on their necks and heads. Prismacolor black pens with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

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Maple Leaves

Beautiful fall leaves. New England is known this time of year for the outstanding colors of the fall foliage. These leaves are on a small Maple Tree outside of our office. The leaves were still green on the perimeter and the veins were turning yellow first with some rust color tinges on the tips. Prismacolor Black pen with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.

2015-10-12 Maples Leaves