Bay Window

Bay windows became a hugely popular feature of residential Victorian architecture in the British Isles from about the 1870s and hold a continuous appeal up to this day. They are used to increase the flow of natural light into a building, thereby also making a room appear larger, and to provide views of the outside which would be unavailable with an ordinary flat window. Based on British models, their use spread to other English speaking countries like the USA, Canada and Australia. This example is at 16 Leyden Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts in an area with sea captain houses. Faber-Castell Pitt art pens in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-11-30 Leyden Street



British Beer Company

The British Beer Company is restaurant concept in Massachusetts that is  modeled after traditional British Pubs. The interiors are fit out with salvaged woodwork, features and the bar from traditional pubs that have been dismantled. This location is across the street from the beach n Falmouth Heights in Falmouth, Massachusetts. My company does most of the architectural design for the British Beer Company. Prismacolor black pens with Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.

2015-11-29 BBC Falmouth

Brewster Gardens

Brewster Gardens were created in the early 1920s, and runs through Plymouth, Massachusetts. The park covers the original garden plot that was granted to Elser William Brewster in 1620. Town Brook, is a 1.5-mile stream running through Brewster Gardens that provided drinking water to the Pilgrims who made their homes adjacent to the brook on Leyden Street. Town Brook’s headwaters are the Billington Sea, a freshwater pond. It also passes by The Plimoth Grist Mill at Jenney Pond and the Brewster Gardens before emptying into Plymouth Harbor. A nature trail runs along the entire length of the brook. This sketch is from the path below the arched bridge that carries Main Street over the gardens. Prismacolor pens with Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook. The black of the inside of the arch became way too dark and I lost all of the color.

2015-11-28 Brewster Park


Jenny Grist Mill

Continuing the Thanksgiving tour of Plymouth, the Jenny Grist Mill is a working grist mill located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It is a reconstruction of the original Jenney Grist Mill, and it stands on the site of the original mill. John Jenny came to America from Leyden, England in 1623 on the Little James. The original Jenney Grist Mill was built in Plymouth Colony by John Jenney in 1636, and was run by him until his death in 1644. After his death, his wife Sarah and son Samuel continued to run the mill until Stockbridge took over the mill for legal reasons. The mill burned down in 1837. Lamy fountain pen with Noodler’s black ink, Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-11-27 Jenny Grist Mill


Thanksgiving is a day in the United States to give thanks and to celebrate with family and friends. This sketch is from a photo of the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plymouth is considered the birthplace of America in that it was one of the landing locations of the pilgrims. Plimoth Plantation, founded in 1947, is a  living history museum, that exhibits the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony established in the 17th century by English colonists, some of whom later became know as Pilgrims. They were among the first people who emigrated to America to avoid religious persecution and to seek religious separation from the Church of England. The re-creations are sourced from a wide variety of first and second records, accounts, articles and period paintings and artifacts, and the museum conducts ongoing research and scholarship, including historical archaeological excavation and curation locally and abroad. I tried to be more monochromatic with this sketch starting with Faber-Castell Sanguine pens with watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-11-26 Plimoth Plantation

Thanksgiving Eve

Thanksgiving in the United States is a holiday for giving thanks and celebrating the harvest. The evening before we spend with dear friends for wonderful food, drinks and conversation at the warm home of Keith and Katherine. This year our architecture classmates from Oklahoma State University joined us from Los Angeles, CA and Brooklyn, NY. The dinner consists of Cheese pizza and Mussels in a seafood essence marinara sauce. This tradition started in New Jersey with Keith’s family as take-out food as way to not to have to cook while prepping for all of the food for Thanksgiving. The homemade marinara is made with lobster bodies cooked in the marinara for the lobster essence. This is served with plenty of bread and grilled local oysters for an appetizer. Faber-Castell Pitt Art pen with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-11-25 Spicy Mussels

Mayflower Sand and Gravel

Mayflower Sand and Gravel is a small sand and gravel pit and processing area in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It is located just off of the highway and is very interesting as a series of structures. All of the steel, sheds and angled belts that separate the various size stone into different piles for distribution. The yellow sky was artistic license to create more interest. Faber-Castell Art Pens with Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a 9″ x 12″ Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.

2015-11-24 Mayflower Sand

Marion Art Center

The Marion Art Center was established in 1957 as a non-profit community cultural organization dedicated to promoting the visual and performing arts. The building was originally a Universalist Church, circa 1830. After a series of major renovations, including the historic renovation of the Bell Tower in 2011, the building functions as the home for the art center. This sketch is a small study of a portion of the bell tower of the former church. Lamy fountain pen with Noodler’s Black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-11-23 Marion Art Center

Commonwealth BBQ

A sketch of a local Bar-B-Que restaurant in Wrentham, Massachusetts near the Premium Outlets. I found this this building was interesting in that it looked like either a gas station or a drive-in restaurant in an earlier era. While Lisa was shopping at the outlets, I sat in the car an did a Plein Air pen and ink sketch of this establishment. Pilot Namiki Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s black ink in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-11-22 Commonwealh BBQ

La Cage Aux Folles

A beautiful event at the Cape Repertory Theater in Brewster, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. A very talented group of mostly local actors in a fantastically fun musical about a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring  drag entertainment. After several nomadic early years, Cape Rep Theatre found a spot to call home and now occupies land that the state purchased in 1983 from the former Camp Monomoy. In 1991, Cape Rep Theatre successfully sought legislation to enable the Commonwealth to enter into a long-term lease with Cape Rep Theatre to rehabilitate several former camp buildings into a performing arts center. The Indoor Theater was built in 1959 and used as a dining hall by Camp Monomoy. The theatre seats only 135 for a very intimate setting in a open barn-like structure. This is a sketch of the graphic on the program and is completed with Pilot Namiki Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s black ink and Daniel Smith and Mission watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.

2015-11-21 La Cage aux Folles