Fall Leaves III

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.



Harper Farms

Harper’s Farm & Garden is a fourth generation family farm owned and operated by David Harper. The farm was originally located in Greenwich, MA and relocated to Lancaster, MA in 1903 by the great grandfather William Harper.  This farm stand located on rte 117 in Lancaster, Massachusetts. The farm is displaying pumpkins and some late mums on the exterior late in the fall season. Lamy fountain pen with Noodler’s black ink in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-11-12 Harper Farm

Sky Studies

This is a study of 4 skies in my sketchbook using different blues as a base. All 4 were done wet on wet and each one is about 3″ x 5″. The first one is Cerulean Blue with Burnt Sienna highlights – Holbein Watercolors. The upper left is French Ultramarine with Cadmium Orange highlights that are more streaked- Utrecht Watercolors. Bottom left is just Phthalo Blue Holbeiin Watercolor. The final study in the lower left is also Phthalo Blue with color removed with paper towel while still wet. This is a technique that I use often for skies. The paints do not mix or flow as well on the Alpha paper as they would on true watercolor paper.

2015-11-06 Sky Studies

Pump Station

A watercolor sketch of one of the pump stations on Assawompset Pond in Lakeville, Massachusetts. There was still a little color on the horizon from the sunrise an hour earlier. I did not notice until I scanned this image that my structure on the left is leaning a little, oops. Assawompset Pond is a reservoir/pond within the towns of Lakeville and Middleboro in southeastern Massachusetts.  At almost four square miles, it is the largest natural lake in Massachusetts. It is known in Wampanoag (local Indian tribe) as Place of the White Stones and is host for the largest Alewife (Herring) run in the eastern seaboard. In the early spring the Nemasket River runs black with fish heading for the spawning grounds. The origins of the King Philip’s War started with the discovery of John Sassamon’s body that was slipped under the ice on the pond and found the following spring. The outcome of the trial sparked the beginning of hostilities. Faber-Castell Pitt art pens with Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-11-05 Pump Station