Kaleidoscope of Dance

Tonight was the annual recital for the Kaleidoscope of Dance in Wareham, MA. My nephew Cam is amazing in his dance and gymnastic abilities. He performed in 6 dances including 1 solo. Amazing talent. I tried to capture the scene in the dark theater sketching with a super fine black art pen and added the color later at home. People are a huge challenge for me and I want to start adding more to my sketches. My challenge within a challenge will be to focus this week on sketching people at small (sketchbook) scale. No portraits for sure.

2015-06-12 Cams Dance

Farmall Tractor

A sketch of a Farmall Tractor at a local nursery. Farmall was a model name and later a brand name for tractors manufactured by the American company International Harvester. Farmalls were general-purpose tractors. Their origins were as row-crop tractors, a category that they helped establish and in which they long held a large market share. During the decades of Farmall production (1920s to 1970s), most Farmalls were built for row-crop work. Most Farmalls were all-purpose tractors that were affordable for small to medium-sized family farms and could do enough of the tasks needed on the farm that the need for hired hands was reduced and the need for horses or mules was eliminated. Holbein watercolors, black markers in a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.

2015-06-02 Farmall Tractor


The Rhododendrons in our yard are bursting out and are beautiful. Rhododendron (from Ancient Greek ῥόδον rhódon “rose” and δένδρον déndron “tree”) is a  genus of 1,024 species of woody plants in the heath family (Ericaceae), either evergreen or deciduous, and found mainly in Asia, although it is also widespread throughout the Southern Highlands of the Appalachian Mountains of North America. This is my first attempt at negative painting and may be used as a study for a larger painting. Utrecht Watercolors in a 5″ x 9″ Moleskine Watercolor book.

2015-05-17 Rhodies

Greek Orthodox Easter

A beautiful day to celebrate Greek Orthodox Easter with my wife Lisa and her family at our house. A wonderfully sunny day with the spring bulbs starting to peak through the soil and the birds chirping in the trees and birdbath. This table of Orange, Yellow, Purple and Blue Pansies along with Dip Dyed Daises was stunning at a local garden center. I did not do the explosion of color justice with my watercolors in a Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook.

2015-04-12-Greek Orthodox Easter

Old Sisson’s Diner

Sisson’s Diner, the only converted trolley diner in Massachusetts, a rare item indeed.  The car was built in the 1910’s by the Wason Manufacturing Company in Springfield for the Middleborough, Wareham, and Buzzards Bay Railway. When the line shut down in the 1920s, Elmer Sisson bought the car, moved it this site and converted it into a diner. Today, the diner is closed and in great disrepair. Faber-Castell Pitt pens, Daniel Smith Watercolors in a 6″ x 8″ Moleskine Watercolor Book.

2015-04-02 Sissons Diner

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. – Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Nature is starting to expose itself again. This stone wall is on our back property line and the only snow left is on the top of the wall. The details are starting to emerge. The fall leaves, moss and lichen, and the deep shadows between the stones. Faber-Castell Pitt pens with Daniel Smith Watercolors in a 6″ x 8″ Moleskine Watercolors Sketchbook.

2015-03-30-Stone wall

Ft. Lauderdale Beach

A little down time after way too many meetings. Driving back to the airport we stop at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort for a cocktail on the veranda that is 50′ from the beach. Beautiful views up and down the beach with High tide. This was done later from a photograph. I must improve my confidence in field sketching in busy locations. Faber-Castell Art Pens, Pelikan Watercolors in a 6″ x 8″ Moleskine Watercolor Book.

2015-03-26-Ft Lauderdale Beach