Sun Angles

I was having a discussion with a colleague last night and he was saying that the sun is never north of the East West line. Going back to what I learned in school using a sun angle calculator (now it is even easier on the internet) I sketched this diagram showing the position of the sun at sunrise and sunset in at the summer and winter solstice. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

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Falmouth Harbor

A beautiful Autumn Sunday afternoon in Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. While Lisa walked Falmouth Heights, I sat in the car and sketched Falmouth Harbor. Still some boats left before they all get stored out of the water for the winter. Lamy fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Moleskine landscape watercolor sketchbook.

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Nauset Light

Nauset Light was constructed in 1877 and was originally one of two lights in Chatham It was moved to Eastham in 1923 to replace the Three Sisters of Nauset, three small wood lighthouses that had been decommissioned. Nauset Light was originally all white, but in the 1940s was painted with the red section at the top, creating the iconic appearance of the lighthouse. The light was automated and the keeper’s house was sold in 1955. Due to coastal erosion, by the early 1990s Nauset Light was less than 50 feet from the edge of the 70-foot cliff on which it stood. In 1993, the Coast Guard proposed decommissioning the light. Following a great public outcry, the non-profit Nauset Light Preservation Society was formed and funded, and in 1995, it leased the lighthouse from the Coast Guard. The organization arranged for the light to be relocated, in November 1996, to a location 336 feet west of its original position – which by then was only 37 feet  from the cliff’s edge. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.

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Clarke Cooke House

A beautiful fall afternoon to skip out of work early and head to one of our favorite places – Newport, Rhode Island. Autumn is the best time of year here, with the summer tourists one and a crisp coolness in the air. A wonderful sunset over the harbor tonight and this view of the Clarke Cooke House with the sun glowing on the side elevation.  In 1780, Clarke Cooke, a wealthy Newport sea captain built the house nearby on Thames Street before eventually moving from Thames Street as it commercialized. The second and third floors of the building are original (while the first had been used for various commercial purposes) and these top “floors were jacked up, moved and set on a new foundation, which is now the wharf level dining area.” Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Faber Castell Pitt Art pens in a Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.

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The fall leaves in New England are so beautiful and varied. These are on the edge of our driveway and have gone from green, to yellow and now are starting to turn a rust color. This tree actually keeps it’s leaves all winter and they fall off when the new growth starts to emerge. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

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