1915 Harley Davidson

This week there was a great show on the Discovery Channel – Harley and the Davidsons. It was a history of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company and was very interesting on their growth and troubles since there founding.  This sketch is from a drawing that I saw online of a 1915 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Faber Castell Pitt Art pens in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.



American Pokeweed is a herbaceous perennial plant in the pokeweed family growing up to 8 feet in height. It is native to the eastern United States and has significant toxicity. It has simple leaves on green to red or purplish stems and a large white taproot. The flowers are green to white, followed by purple to almost black berries which are a food source for songbirds as well as other birds and some small animals. This Pokeweed is in front of our house in the perennial garden. I grows wild in New England and this started growing and comes back every year. It is a nice looking plant that takes over the bed late in the season. This year the Tropical Storm bent it down and it took other perennials with it. This may be the last year in our garden for it in that is so large and I have to cut the staining berries off of it. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.


Stage Harbor Fish House

This structure is now part of the Chatham Harbor Master. Originally I guess it was part of a fish house. There used to be a large brick building nearby that was a ice house to store fish and then was used to store cranberries. That structure burned down. This small structure is right on a dock and has the tower feature next to it that may have been used to dry nets. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Faber Castell Pitt pens in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.


An Unlikely Story

On the site of the historic Falk’s Market, Julie and Jeff Kinney (Writer of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid) have created a cornerstone in downtown Plainville with an indie bookstore, a café and an event space.  An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Café is a beautiful new community gathering place where you can meet amazing authors, enjoy breakfast or lunch, or relax with your new book and a beer (or glass of wine).  Previously owned by Merrill Falk – a beloved Yankee general store owner – the market served as a nerve center for the town.  Taking care to honor the building’s history, we’ve made it our mission to rejuvenate this sense of community.  Falk’s Market, which was originally constructed across the street, was built in the mid-1800’s and it housed numerous businesses since its inception.  Part of our unlikely story is our evolution from general store to pharmacy to tearoom to restaurant…back to general store and now into bookstore and café. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.


Eight Cousins

Carol Chittenden and her mother, Betty Borg, opened the doors of Eight Cousins on July 1, 1986. Established as a children’s bookstore on Main Street in Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. The store quickly became a favorite stop for Falmouth’s children and their parents, and, as word spread, Eight Cousins became a “must-stop” for visitors as well. Between those two heads they shared the love of books, art, and the value of children, but they had exactly zero knowledge of business. This view is when we left Anejo Mexican Restaurant across the street at dusk. The bright yellow glow of the interior lighting was wonderful. Faber Castell Art Pens with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.


Stage Harbor

A plein air sketch on a beautiful day over the Labor Day weekend. Stage Harbor is located in Chatham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. This is the working harbor for Chatham with many pleasure and fishing boats. It is also the harbor that the Coast Guard left from for the rescue show in the movie “The Finest Hour. Lamy fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

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Henry B. Metcalf Carriage House

This great little building was a Carriage House for Henry B. Metcalf in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In 1867, Metcaff helped to form the Boston Button Company as the firm’s senior partner. In 1886 he was elected to a seat in the Rhode Island state Senate, but his ardent stand for prohibition led the liquor industry to oppose his re-election, and he was defeated after only one term in office. Despite the defeat, Metcalf was a leader in pushing for a constitutional amendment to ban the sale of liquor in Rhode Island. To this end he also served as the president of the Rhode Island Temperence Union. In 1893, Metcalf was the Prohibition Party’s candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, winning some 7% of the total vote. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

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Bristol County Superior Courthouse

The Bristol County Superior Courthouse was designed by architect Frank Irving Cooper from nearby Bridgewater and built in 1894 in the Romanesque-style. The stone structure contains a 170-foot tall central tower capped with a copper dome. The building’s large  hip roof is also entirely clad in copper. The dome was originally topped with a large copper flame, which was taken down in the recent past for fear that it may fall. The superior courthouse is the fourth courthouse to be located on or near this site since 1747, when Taunton became the shire town (country seat) for Bristol County, Massachusetts after Bristol was split off from the Bay State and became part of Rhode Island. Stylist marker with Faber Castell Pitt pens in a Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.

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Commercial Street

A wonderful day spent on Cape Cod including visiting a couple of galleries of artists that we like. This is a view from Commercial Street in Provincetown on Cape Cod looking towards a church on the hill overlooking town.  Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.

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Beth’s Café

On our way onto the Cape for our Saturday road trip, we were going to stop at our usual spot for breakfast but the power was out in that area of town which forced us to explore. We found this wonderful little café an had a wonderful scrambled egg wrap. Beth’s Bakery and Café is owned by local lifetime residents of the beautiful historical town of Sandwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. This building was originally built as a Puritan Church and was owned later by the Catholic Church. The interiors are very simple with the original wood floors and a wonderful display case of baked goods. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-08-26 Beths Cafe