Dexter’s Mill Run

Dexter’s Mill Run is a granite line spillway adjacent to the mill and the waterwheel. The spillway is a way for overflow water to bypass the mill and also gave an opportunity for freshwater herring to navigate upstream to lay their eggs. Lamy Safari fountain pen with black Noodler’s Ink in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-03-24 Dexters Mill Run

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Dexter’s Grist Mill

One of the oldest water mill sites existing in the United States today, Dexter’s Grist Mill, has Plymouth Colony Records dating back to 1640 in which Thomas Dexter was allocated 26 acres and 6 acres for his mill. In 1856 a new mill building replaced the old woolen mill and manufactured marble stone products. An iron turbine replaced the wooden waterwheel in Dexter’s Mill in 1856.The gristmill last operated in 1881 when Captain Laban Crocker was miller. In 1961 Dexter’s Mill was restored with authentic wooden parts and an undershot wooden waterwheel. The millstones were imported from France. The mill and mill grounds are well preserved. Dexter’s Mill sits on the dam, which creates a beautiful, large millpond. The meandering millrace is lined in cut stone. The foundation of the three-story building is laid in cut stone with an undershot wooden waterwheel on the east side. The mill building is sided with natural shake. Lamy fountain pen with Noodler’s Black Ink in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-03-23 Dexters Grist Mill

The Canteen

The Canteen is located in Provincetown, Massachusetts and is a casual New England eatery that uses high-quality ingredients to create Cape Cod favorites from scratch. The menu and style of service is rooted in the tradition of classic seafood shacks, but influenced by modern American cuisine. Housed in a 200 year-old building, the communal dining room opens onto the bustle of downtown Provincetown while the backyard seating area opens out onto Cape Cod Bay. The building caught my eye with the colorful flags and lobster buoys on the second floor balcony railing. Lamy safari fountain pen with Noodler’s black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-03-22 The Canteen

Jellyfish III

A continuation of the Jellyfish and Ocean theme.

Crown Jellyfish are distinguished from other jellyfish by the presence of a deep groove running around the umbrella, giving them the crown shape from which they take their name. Many of the species in the order inhabit deep sea environments. Crown jellyfish are able to make light through bioluminescence. When they are touched, their bells will light up. Otherwise, the bell of a crown jellyfish will look transparent when undisturbed. When they are attacked, crown jellyfish are able to startle, mislead, and distract their predators with the light that they produce.The sketch is  direct to watercolor without ink. Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-03-20 Jellyfish III

Jellyfish I

First of a week series of Jellyfish to get back to the ocean theme. They are typified as free-swimming marine animals consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles. The bell can pulsate for locomotion, while stinging tentacles can be used to capture prey. Jellyfish are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea. Large, often colorful, jellyfish are common in coastal zones worldwide. Jellyfish have roamed the seas for at least 500 million years, and possibly 700 million years or more, making them the oldest multi-organ animal. The sketch is  direct to watercolor without ink. Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-03-18 Jellyfish I