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

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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

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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.

Turkeys

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.

2015-10-14 Turkeys

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

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The acorn, or oak nut, is the nut of the oaks and their close relatives. It usually contains a single seed (occasionally two seeds), enclosed in a tough, leathery shell, and borne in a cup-shaped cupule. Acorns vary from 1–6 cm long and 0.8–4 cm broad. Acorns take between 6 and 24 months (depending on the species) to mature. Historically, I have always gauged how severe of a winter we were in for by how many acorns fell to our lawn in the late fall. Some years I would have to rake them up into large piles and other years, there were almost none. Typically, the more acorns in the fall meant that we were in for a severe winter. That all changed last year when we had almost no acorns and we had the snowiest winter on record with over 10′ of snow in basically the month of February. Oh well, small crop this year also, what ever that means.

2015-10-11 Acorns