Sunday, September 4, 2011

Two drawings from San Francisco

I was in the Marriott Marquis in San Francis, the 23rd floor in room 2365. The view was spectacular.
The picture above was looking out over the harbor and Candlestick park.

This picture is from their restaurant on the 39th floor: The View. If you are ever in San Francisco and you want to have a spectacular look at the city or the harbor while you are eating dinner, go to the Marriott Marquis and take the High Rise elevators to the 39th floor. As twilight takes over the sky you really feel as if you could reach out and touch it.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Another acorn

The acorn in the last post was asymmetrical. This was another acorn from the sidewalk near the Hamilton Club.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer time and the drawing is easy...

I was at Scout camp again this year. It was perfect weather all week - no rain and pleasant. On the first day there I got this image down by the chapel. This is looking upstream. The air temperature is cool and you can hear the birds singing in the forest.


















This next image was from our visit to Hershey Park last Saturday. It was a clear warm day with a little breeze. Nice puffy clouds.















And this is from our morning walk yesterday. The acorns are falling on the sidewalks of the city. It seems a little early. The coloring of the trees and lawns tells me it is mid-August while the calendar still says July. I touched up this drawing with some Dixon colored pencils.


Sunday, June 19, 2011


Friday evening my wife and I were at a friend's home for a social gathering. About 22 of us sharing a potluck meal, laughing and visiting and enjoying a wonderful evening.

I quickly dashed off this watercolor to capture the beautiful view.


This is from a recent morning's walk with my wife. Our county courthouse has grown from the front part of the structure in the picture to most of the block.

The white hole on left side of the drawing is one of the three holes in the page - it is part of my daily journal.




At our local fire station the ladder truck was pulled out of its bay for a wash and a shine. I captured a picture of it with my cell phone and later added this drawing to my journal. Now that I am adding color with watercolor maybe I should go back and add the red and the reflections - maybe not, the drawing works well in black and white.







I ran across an interesting video demonstrating how to make an air conditioner for a college dorm where students may not have an air conditioner. It involves putting a copper coil on the front of a fan with some plastic tubing and two 5 gallon buckets. I was impressed with the ingenuity and recorded the process, in the form of the diagram to the right, in my journal.















Thursday, April 28, 2011

Recent 2011 drawings


We sometimes fail to appreciate the art we carry around in our pockets.


Some evenings as I sit writing in my journal a glass of water is called for...



My wife and I have taken to walking in the morning now that spring has begun. This is the back of Eastern Market in town. The building is used as a parking garage and a housing agency (on the other end). The colors and the cherry tree were too much to resist.


The people on the trains are fascinating. This young lady listened to music on her computer and read her book for hours. A very accommodating subject for drawing.


It is one of life's great pleasures to ride on a train. All of the seats are first class and the view is wonderful - depending on what you're riding by. Riding a train is much more comfortable than riding an airplane.

Thursday, February 11, 2010




Last night my wife and I were out walking around in our town admiring the aftermath of the blizzard - and it put snow in places where there weren't places. Wow! A snow emergency was declared which meant that residents could not park on the snow emergency routes. Everyone spent parts of the day digging out, as shown in the next photo.


The snow mound between the sidewalk and the street is between 3 and 4' tall. We have run out of places to put snow in the city. So the city got out their magic snow blower to clear the snow emergency streets curb to curb. They blow the snow into large construction dump trucks and haul it off to a dirt parking lot near the Conestoga River to let it melt with the changing of the seasons. This happened during the winter of 93/94 when we were on a similar storm track.



During the 93/94 winter, which started in earnest on January 4th with 4" of ice pellets, we got some frozen precipitation every week for a period of time. The dog and I enjoyed running in it. By the end of the year we had 75" of snow - about twice what we normally get.

This year we got snow on February 5th and 6th. That shut the DC area down and effectively closed us down too. That was last Friday and Saturday. That must not have been sufficient snow; so, the following Tuesday (February 9th) we got the blizzard.




Here are some cars blown under the snow while their owners are at work in the prison (the big stone structure in the background). The loose snow on the street is between 8 and 12" deep. There were snowmobiles running loose on the streets (legal in snow emergencies). Unfortunately, there was an accident nearby with a snowmobile striking a turning car and both riders on the snowmobile being killed. Very sad.





The image above is what we woke up to on February 6th - 20" of landscape changing white stuff.



Above is what the back alley looked like that morning. This was all before the blizzard on February 9th and 10th. That event just added to the excitement.

I have been using a Wovel to remove snow. I recommend it. I have no financial interest in telling you about this great tool - it incorporates a large wheel with a snow shovel to give you a mechanical advantage. That means no sore back. However, your arms and shoulders will tell you they have not had any exercise if that is the case. Go Google "wovel" and take a look at the video. If you are in the Middle Atlantic area you might as well just get one. You can thank me after the next few snow storms.








Friday, October 16, 2009

Photos that start in the woods and end up in the city

This top photo is one which has been modified with filters so it looks softer. What I really learned from this is that my cell phone camera can capture some really nice pictures. I'll show you some in this post.

The photo to the left is from my regular digital camera. I was driving across Indiana on business in August and saw this beautiful field of soybeans with a silo. I just had to stop and take a picture.

This photo (above) is from my camera phone as I was sitting in Philly. I was at the restaurant El Vez, named after a Mexican Elvis impersonator. The light was just beautiful. You always have your phone with you, right? Don't let the images escape unrecorded.


This photo (below) is also from Philly. This is a day later on Samson Street at Finn McCools - no extra charge
for the plug, guys. More beautiful light down an urban landscape. This is also from my camera phone.

When the weather is warm like that evening it is lovely to stroll around a city and see how buildings of varying architectural styles have
been placed by each other over the years. The gray of concrete next to the warm cinnamon of brick.




This last photo is also from Philly - it was a three day conference and rich with images. This
was taken with my digital non-cell phone camera from my hotel room in the morning.