Manhasset Congregation Church

The Congregational Church of Manhasset, has a history that dates back to its organization in the fall of 1939. Groundbreaking ceremonies for this structure were held in May, 1948, and the cornerstone was laid on October 24.  Dedication of the building followed on June 12 of 1949. I was drawn to this building by the interesting and modern Bell Tower. I sketched this from the coolness of my car in between meetings on a very hot day. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.

2016-07-25 Manhasset Congregation Church


North Hempstead Country Club

A quick sketch of a dormer on North Hempstead Country Club in Port Washington, New York on Long Island. This is the next Master Plan that I am working on and this sketch was completed from the car while waiting for a meeting. Faber Castell Pitt Art pens with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-06-27 NHCC

North Easton Train Station

An elevation study of the old train station in North Easton, Massachusetts. The North Easton Railroad Station, is a historic railroad station designed by noted American architect. H. Richardson. It is a relatively small station, a single story in height with Richardson’s characteristic heavy masonry and outsized roof. Its long axis runs north-south with the tracks, now disused, along its west side. The building is laid out symmetrically within, with a large passenger room at each end (one for women, the other for men). The station’s facade is constructed of rough-faced, random ashlar of gray granite with a brownstone belt course and trim. Two large, semicircular arches punctuate each of the long facades, inset with windows and doorways, and ornamented with carvings of a beast’s snarling head; a further semicircular arch projects to form the east facade’s porte-cochere. Eaves project deeply over all sides, supported by plain wooden brackets. This drawing was done from the warmth of the car during a snow storm. Faber-Castell Pitt pens with Pelikan watercolors and Lukas Gouache.

2016-01-22 N Easton Train Station

Unitarian Memoral Church

Unitarian Memorial Church is a historic church in Fairhaven, Massachusetts and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.The Church in Massachusetts was built, financed and donated to the Unitarians in 1904 by Henry H. Rogers in memory of his mother, Mary Eldredge Huttleston. The church was designed by Boston architect Charles Brigham in a Gothic Revival style. It is one hundred fourteen feet in height, one hundred feet long in body and fifty-three feet wide. The nave is thirty-two feet wide and seventy-one feet long. The church, parish house and former parsonage are so placed as to form three sides of a quadrangle, set among well-kept lawns and shrubbery. Granite (locally quarried) with Indiana Limestone decorative carvings dominate the exterior while marble and limestone carvings dominate the interior. All stonework artistry was created by forty-five Italian craftsmen brought to Fairhaven by Rogers. Koh-I-Noor 4B graphite pencil with watercolor accent for the aged bronze doors.

2015-11-18 Uniterian Memoral Church

Sea Girt Lighthouse

Another trip to New Jersey for business. Sea Girt Lighthouse in Sea Girt, New Jersey, flashed its first light December 10, 1896. The beacon, which could be seen 15 miles at sea, guided countless mariners in their journeys and contributed to the state’s economic growth and helped make sailing through local waters safer. The lighthouse was built to illuminate a blind spot midway in the 38½-mile stretch between Navesink Lighthouse (Twin Lights) to the north and Barnegat Lighthouse to the south. It also served as a landmark for nearby Sea Girt Inlet and Wreck Pond. The red brick structure with a tower rising 44 feet was the last live-in lighthouse built on the Atlantic Coast. A live-in lighthouse has the tower integrated into the living quarters.  Sea Girt was equipped with a fourth order Fresnel lens, which was 30 inches high. The multi-sided beehive-shape lens had a bulls-eye prism like a big magnifying glass in the middle of each side. Lamy Fountain Pen with Noodler’s black ink and Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-10-21 Sea Grit Lighthouse

Church of the Good Shepherd

Chapel of the Good Shepherd, together with the organ in it, and have it dismantled and transported to Wareham. The Church of the Good Shepherd was founded in 1868 as the Church of the Saviour and held services at various locations until 1871. In 1883, the  parish voted  to purchase the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, together with the organ, and have it dismantled and transported to Wareham, Massachusetts. The chapel was built in 1871 as a mission of Christ’s Church in Springfield, MA. Upon arrival in Wareham, it was erected on the present site on High Street on land donated by Mrs. Tobey. The church was consecrated as the Church of the Good Shepherd in 1883.  The exterior of the building acquired in 1883 was wooden, and had a tall slender finger spire at the main entrance, which was the door behind where the organ now stands. The stone bell tower was erected in 1915 as a memorial to Mrs. Tobey and the church exterior was stuccoed at this time. Lamy fountain pen with Noodler’s Black ink and Pitt gray pens in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-10-05 Good Shepherd Wareham

Falmouth Harbor

A beautiful early fall day on Cape Cod. While Lisa was walking along Falmouth Heights, I sat on the seawall and enjoyed the view of the entrance to Falmouth Harbor. The sun was very bright and created a silhouette of the jetties that form the mouth of the harbor entry. Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook.

2015-09-27 Falmouth Harbor

Take Time to Sit by the Sea

It was a foggy and overcast this morning, but it always does the soul good to be near the ocean. “Take Time to Sit by the Sea” is a quote on a bench overlooking the harbor in Onset, Massachusetts. It is always relaxing and special to be near the ocean. Faber-Castell Pitt black pens with Pelikan watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook.

2015-09-19 Onset Harbor

From the Bean

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.

2015-09-11 From the Bean

Boat House and Grennan Bearit

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.

2015-09-10 North Wharf Nantucket