A 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.
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.
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.
This is a fictitious Light Beacon on a rocky shoal off the coast of New England. The Light Beacon structure would be un-manned at a remote location on a rock outcropping. Graphite pencil in a Stillman and Birn Beta Sketchbook.
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.
The Foxglove Flower is native to western and southwestern Europe, western and central Asia and northwestern Africa. The scientific name means “finger-like” and refers to the ease with which a flower of Digitalis purpurea can be fitted over a human fingertip. The flowers are produced on a tall spike, are tubular, and vary in colour with species, from purple to pink, white, and yellow. This biennial plant is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its vivid flowers which range in colour from various purple tints through various shades of light gray, and to purely white. The flowers can also possess various marks and spottings. Holbein watercolors on Fluid 100, 140# cold press watercolor paper.
The poinsettia is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family. The species is indigenous to Mexico. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant to the US in 1825. Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook. Merry Christmas.
With the last of the fall leaves, comes the change of season over to winter and the thoughts of Christmas. We have 6-8 natural Holly Trees in our yard that were here when we built our house. The largest is probably 30′ tall. This one must be a male in that it does not produce berries. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink, Holbein watercolors and a background wash of Mont Blanc black ink.
Our last tree to realize that it is Autumn. The leaves on the Flowering Pear Tree are just turning now after almost all of the other trees have lost their leaves and are ready for winter. These leaves still have some of the of the green and are turning yellow with some red highlights. Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.
Some different leaves on the edge of our driveway and have gone from green, to yellow and now are starting to turn a beautiful purple color. Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.