Spotted Salamander

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.

2015-07-12 Spotted Salamander

“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!” — Kenny Chesney

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.

2015-06-21 Summer Solstice

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