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

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.

2015-10-20 Peacock

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.

2015-10-19 Zoo Birds

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