A quick 24 hour trip to Boca Raton, Florida to make a presentation to a country club for the office. This sketch was completed quickly on site. With Southwest Airlines, you have to sketch quickly in that they turn around the planes so quick that they are never in the gate too long. Pilot Namiki Falcon fountain pen with Noodlers black ink in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.
Another early morning sketch. It poured rain last night so there is nowhere outside to sit and sketch where it is dry. This is the view from The Bean coffee shop. I sat at the window counter and sketched the view across India Street. Classic New England Architecture is everywhere in this town and on the island. We leave later today and it has been a fantastic trip. Faber-Castell Pitt pens with Holbein watercolors in an Alpha Series Stillman and Birn sketchbook.
Another beautiful morning on Nantucket. Up early just after sunrise for this sketch as the fog was lifting. The Boat House and Grennan Bearit are 2 rental cottages on North Wharf on the Nantucket Boat Basin. Nantucket is so a quintessential New England with all of the cottages and buildings in grey weathered shingle buildings with white trim right on the water. I sketched this Plein Air and added the color later due to the 100% humidity and I knew the watercolor would never dry. Holbein watercolors with black fine pens in a Alpha Series Stillman and Birn sketchbook.
The Mayflower was the ship that transported English Separatists, known today as the Pilgrims from Plymouth in England to the New World. There were 102 passengers, and the crew is estimated to have been about thirty, but the exact number is unknown. This voyage has become an iconic story in some of the earliest annals of American History, with its story of death and of survival in the harsh New England winter environment. The culmination of the voyage in the signing of the Mayflower Compact was an event which established a rudimentary form of democracy, with each member contributing to the welfare of the community. The Mayflower stopped in what is now Provincetown and First Encounter Beach in Eastham prior to landing in what is now Plymouth, MA. This is actually a fully working replica of the original vessel in Plymouth Harbor. Ink with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.
More work travel and it is to New York City this time. A beautiful morning sitting in the Paris bistro chairs watching people on their way to work and a Tai Chi group A beautiful shaded oasis in the city. Bryant Park is a 9.6-acre privately managed public park located in the New York City located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and between 40th and 42nd In Midtown. Although technically the Main Branch of the New York Public Library is located within the park, effectively it forms the park’s functional eastern boundary, making Sixth Avenue the park’s primary entrance. Bryant Park is located entirely over an underground structure that houses the library’s stacks. Pilot Namiki Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Black ink and Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.
Overnight this beautiful Hardy Hibiscus flower opened up in our yard to full bloom, the others are still buds. The color is Cranberry Crush and the flower is about 7″ across. This was difficult to paint in that it is a very flat flower, almost like a disk with very little depth. I should have added some background color to add depth. Still a favorite of ours during the late summer. Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Alpha Sketchbook.
A little free time prior to another country club meeting. Ridgewood Avenue School is an upper elementary school with approximately 600 students in Grades 3-6. The school builds on the foundation skills learned in the primary schools, and through an authentic and hands-on approach, encourages students to love and take responsibility for their own learning. The building itself is located in the heart of the Borough and is a tan brick with carved limestone details and a beautiful red clay tile roof. The school is listed on the State Historic Register. This charming turn of the century building houses the only auditorium in the district.
I am always drawn to the water and the Port of New Bedford is very vibrant and challenging. The port of New Bedford is the highest valued commercial port in the United States. Most of the vessels are commercial scallop fisherman trolling south of Nantucket. Tonight I was able to draw this sketch on site (en plein air) on a beautiful summer evening. The “Hear no Evil” is a commercial scallop fishing vessel and was built in 1987. It is also one of the larger fishing boats out of New Bedford. This was a very challenging view in that now only was I looking at the tow vessels in the foreground, but also the masts, outriggers and lines of an additional 10 boars in the background. Pilot Namiki Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Black Ink, Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.
The Soldier’s Memorial Library is a historic library building on the town green at the junction of Park Row and Union Street in Mansfield, Massachusetts/ The 2-1/2 story Gothic Revival structure was designed by the noted Architectural firm of Peabody and Stearns, and built in 1899-1901. The building and land were primarily a gift from Elizabeth F. Noble. It was designed to house the public library on the ground floor, and provide a memorial to the town’s American Civil War soldiers on the upper floor. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. The building currently houses the school administrative offices and is connected to the Town Hall. Faber-Castell Pitt Art pens in a Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.
It was a beautiful evening to final get out for a little En Plein Air painting. The view is of Nobska Light in Woods Hole, Massachusetts from Church Street. It was a perfect location in that I was able to set-up the easel and sit in the back of my SUV with the rear hatch open. To my right was the sound of the waves and the smell of the salt air and sea roses. It does not get much better than this. Holbein and Mission Watercolors on Fluid 140# cold press watercolor paper. Finished size is 11″ x 18″.