Within a few blocks of the H. H. Richardson Historic District is Unity Church, built by the Ames family in 1875, and designed in the Gothic Revival Style by architect and publisher John Ames Mitchell. It includes an ornate oak frieze including sculptures of twenty-two angels playing music, carved by Johannes Kirchmayer (1860–1930), and two notable stained-glass windows, “Angel of Help,” and “Figure of Wisdom,” both by John LaFarge (1835–1910). “Figure of Wisdom,” completed in 1901, is the largest stained-glass work created by Lafarge. Partial vignette view of the chapel at Unity Church done with Faber=Castell Pitt pens and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.
An elevation study of the old train station in North Easton, Massachusetts. The North Easton Railroad Station, is a historic railroad station designed by noted American architect. H. Richardson. It is a relatively small station, a single story in height with Richardson’s characteristic heavy masonry and outsized roof. Its long axis runs north-south with the tracks, now disused, along its west side. The building is laid out symmetrically within, with a large passenger room at each end (one for women, the other for men). The station’s facade is constructed of rough-faced, random ashlar of gray granite with a brownstone belt course and trim. Two large, semicircular arches punctuate each of the long facades, inset with windows and doorways, and ornamented with carvings of a beast’s snarling head; a further semicircular arch projects to form the east facade’s porte-cochere. Eaves project deeply over all sides, supported by plain wooden brackets. This drawing was done from the warmth of the car during a snow storm. Faber-Castell Pitt pens with Pelikan watercolors and Lukas Gouache.
A quick little sketch of my Specialized Rock Hopper Mountain bike. It has been a while since I have been on either of my bikes and especially my mountain bike. Between my knee injury and the slick roads from the snows, it has been a while. This is a sketch of the rear hub with the disk brake. It is a sweet ride and I cannot wait to get back on the trails. It will be the road bike first. Lamy Safari fountain pen with Noodler’s black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.
A quick sketch of a Kite Boarder enjoying a winter day at Harding Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts. The air temperature was about 30 degrees and the water temperature about 40 degrees. It is always enjoyable to watch the Kite Boarders and the Wind Surfers. Minimal line work with a Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.
The City Hall in Rochester, Massachusetts is shared with the local police department. It is an interesting building with large scale white clapboards, an octagonal tower and a flag pole on the gable end over the recessed main entry. Faber Castell Pitt pens with Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.
A quick sketch from my car in the parking lot of Jerry’s Artarama in Providence, Rhode Island. Jerry’s is a great discount art store located near the office. I was very fortunate that my staff gave me a gift certificate for Jerry’s during the holidays and I will put it to good use. Faber-Castell Pitt pens with Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.
Our first snow of the season. About 5 inches fell overnight and this is from a photo as I was shoveling the walkway. The view is of our Pier mount lights at the walkway stairs. Faber-Castell Pitt pen with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.