I have seen birdhouses similar to this in home décor stores and I think they are very interesting as pieces of art. This is an imagined scene with a multi-tier birdhouse, a birch tree and a berry vine. Faber-Castell Pitt Art pens with Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.

2015-11-19 Birdhouse

Unitarian Memoral Church

Unitarian Memorial Church is a historic church in Fairhaven, Massachusetts and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.The Church in Massachusetts was built, financed and donated to the Unitarians in 1904 by Henry H. Rogers in memory of his mother, Mary Eldredge Huttleston. The church was designed by Boston architect Charles Brigham in a Gothic Revival style. It is one hundred fourteen feet in height, one hundred feet long in body and fifty-three feet wide. The nave is thirty-two feet wide and seventy-one feet long. The church, parish house and former parsonage are so placed as to form three sides of a quadrangle, set among well-kept lawns and shrubbery. Granite (locally quarried) with Indiana Limestone decorative carvings dominate the exterior while marble and limestone carvings dominate the interior. All stonework artistry was created by forty-five Italian craftsmen brought to Fairhaven by Rogers. Koh-I-Noor 4B graphite pencil with watercolor accent for the aged bronze doors.

2015-11-18 Uniterian Memoral Church

Lone Palm

As typical, I cannot go to Florida without adding a palm tree to my sketchbook. This one was at the club we are working on, Boca Woods Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. It is always great to see color since all of the trees in New England are already bare. Pilot Namiki fountain pen with Noodler’s Black ink and Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.

2015-11-17 Lone Palm

Stormy Hollywood Beach

A quick trip to the beach before multiple meetings later in the day. Nestled between Fort Lauderdale and Miami is Hollywood, a classic Florida beachtown that’s enchanted visitors since the 1920’s. Hollywood Beach features a one-of-a-kind oceanfront promenade called the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk that stretches nearly two and a half miles along the Atlantic. Named one of America’s Best Beach Boardwalks by Travel + Leisure magazine, this brick-paved thoroughfare is a haven for joggers, bicyclists, roller-bladers and all who’d prefer to take in the action from the comfort of one of the countless eateries and cafés along the way. Prismacolor Art pens with Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.

2015-11-16 Hollywood Beach

Havana 1957


A great Cuban dinner at Havana 1957 on Espanola Street in Miami, Florida with my sister and niece. A very vibrant area, a little touristy,  but great food and music. I got to go down a day early for business to see my sister and niece before they go on a cruise.  Faber-Castell Pitt art pens with Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook. The Beta takes watercolor so much better than the Alpha series.

Cooks Brook Beach

Cooks Brook Beach is located in beautiful Eastham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. The beach is located on the bay side of the cape. This is a view of the dunes at the edge of the beach just before sunset on a cloudy fall day. This was my first sketch in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook. The paper is 2x as heavy as the Alpha sketchbook. It takes the watercolor beautifully. I bought this because Jerry’s Artarama was out of the Alpha sketchbooks. I think this will be my sketchbook in the future.

2015-11-14 Cooks Brook Beach

Harper Farms

Harper’s Farm & Garden is a fourth generation family farm owned and operated by David Harper. The farm was originally located in Greenwich, MA and relocated to Lancaster, MA in 1903 by the great grandfather William Harper.  This farm stand located on rte 117 in Lancaster, Massachusetts. The farm is displaying pumpkins and some late mums on the exterior late in the fall season. Lamy fountain pen with Noodler’s black ink in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-11-12 Harper Farm

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Rememberance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. This sketch is from a photograph from my friend Robin who works for the United States Coast Guard. Faber-Castel Pitt fine liner with Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-11-11 Veterans Day