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.
Nothing is more American than going to a baseball game during the Independence Day weekend. Today we went to historic Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, home to the Boston Red Sox. A beautiful summer day and a great game between the Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels (my team growing up). Fenway Park was built in 1912 and is one of the last historic ballparks in the United States. This sketch was completed using a series of 3 photographs that I took during the game. Faber Castell Pitt Art pens with Holbein watercolors in a 8″ x 5″ Moleskine watercolor book across both pages.
While it is not yet fall here in the Northeast, there are starting to be subtle signs that autumn is around the corner. This is a typical New England stone wall that the farmers constructed from all of the stones that they would plow up while working the fields. These walls would separate the fields and properties. This image shows the green ivies in the sunshine on the left transitioning to the yellow and oranges of fall foliage on the right in the shadows. Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a 5″ x 8″ Moleskine watercolor book.
Our first full size tomatoes of the year. Our tomato plants are in pots on our front porch and these 2 beauties are “Jet Star” variety. Enjoying the garden tonight, savoring some nice wine while grilling salmon and a small lobster tail. Great evening. Holbein and Mission watercolors in a 5″ x 8″ Moleskine watercolor book.
This is an old relic of a car located in a yard near our house that has always interested me. I am not sure of what it was in it’s heyday, but it appears to be a 1928 Model A open-cab roadster. It is missing the body from the steering wheel back and has an old tractor seat centered on the chassis. Holbein and Mission watercolors in a 5″ x 8″ Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.
Campsis radicans (trumpet vine or trumpet creeper), also known in North America as cow itch vine or hummingbird vine, is a species of flowering plant of the family Bignoniaceae, native to the eastern United States and naturalized in parts of the west as well as in Ontario and parts of Europe. Growing to 10 m (33 ft), it is a vigorous, deciduous woody vine, notable for its showy trumpet-shaped flowers. It inhabits woodlands and riverbanks, and is also a popular garden subject. I planted this in our yard 15 years ago and this is the first time I noticed the beautiful flowers and they extended 20 feet up the maple tree that is growing up. Holbein watercolors in a 5″ x 8″ Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook.
My 200th sketch this year. The Raspberry () is the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus of the Rose Family, most of which are in the subgenus Idaeobatus: the name also applies to these plants themselves. These black and red raspberries were growing wild on the edge of a parking lot and were beautiful. Pelikan watercolors, F-C Pitt pens in a 5″ x 8″ Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.
While cleaning and preparing the fountain in our yard for this season, I noticed a Spotted Salamander. I have never seen one of these before and it was about 6″ long. They are stout, like most mole salamanders, and have wide snouts. The spotted salamander’s main color is black with two uneven rows of yellowish-orange spots run from the top of the head (near the eyes) to the tip of the tail. The spotted salamander usually makes its home in hardwood forest areas with vernal pools, which are necessary for breeding. Spotted salamanders are fossorial, meaning they spend most of their time underground. Holbein watercolors in a 5″ x 9″ Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook.
Always one of the best holidays in that is falls during the summer. Happy Birthday America. Holbein Watercolors, Signo White Jell Pen in a Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook.
Today is the Summer Solstice in North America. Even with the heavy rain, it is the season most anticipated in New England. This is a watercolor sketch from a photo that I snapped a couple of week ago. The view is from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy overlooking Buzzards Bay. Pitt Art pens, Utrecht Watercolors in a Moleskine 5″ x 8″ watercolor sketchbook.