Fishing Pulley II

Another studio sketch from a photograph that I took at the New Bedford harbor of vignettes of fishing boats. It was too cold to do a live sketch since I could not get my car in good location. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.



Harding’s Beach

This watercolor is of a couple of dinghies pulled up on the sand at Harding’s Beach in Chatham on Cape Cod. This is our favorite walking beach in the winter. It is about a mile walk to the old Stage Harbor Lighthouse at the end of the beach protecting the entrance to Stage harbor. Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.


Chatham Fish Pier

The Chatham Fish Pier, is located at the corner of Shore Road and Barcliff Avenue on Aunt Lydia’s Cove. The members of the fishing fleet make their run each suitable day to the fishing grounds from 3 to 100 miles off Chatham. Their catch consists of haddock, cod, flounder, lobster, pollock, dogfish and halibut. The one-day fresh fish is placed in ice and transported in refrigerated trucks to the New York, Boston, New Bedford and local markets, reaching there less than 24 hours from the time it is taken from the ocean. The pier is rather quiet this time of year. Pilot Flacon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Faber Castell Pitt Art pens in a Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.



I miss our chive plants that have gone dormant for the winter and have been buried in snow for the past week.  The name of the species derives from the Greek σχοίνος, skhoínos (sedge) and πράσον, práson (leek). Its  English name, chives, derives from the French word cive, from cepa, the Latin word for onion. Chives are a commonly used herb and can be found in grocery stores or grown in home gardens. In culinary use, the scapes and the unopened, immature flower buds are diced and used as an ingredient for seasoning dishes. Chives have insect-repelling properties that can be used in gardens to control pests. The flowers area pale purple and star-shaped with six petals 1/2″ – 3/4″ wide, and produced in a dense inflorescence  of 10 – 30 together. Before opening, the inflorescence is surrounded by a papery bract. Holbein watercolors on 140# Fluid 100 cold press watercolor paper.



Rhododendron is a genus characterised by shrubs that range from small bushes to large trees and include Azaleas also. The leaves are spirally arranged; leaf size can range from a half inch to over 2o inches. They may be either evergreen or deciduous. In some species, the undersides of the leaves are covered with scales (lepidote) or hairs (indumentum). Some of the best known species are noted for their many clusters of large flowers. The Rhodys in our yard are beautiful in late spring provided we can keep the deer from eating them over the winter. Holbein watercolors on 140# Fluid 100 cold press watercolor paper.