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Thursday, 28 July 2016


Spent the weekend down in the capital for my cousin's pretty wedding.

Just as lovely was catching up with a poet friend whose beautiful words were recently published in the New Yorker, here. For a few seconds it was like a reverse, modern bohème (am I always going on about this piece? Just tell me to stop...). Instead of freezing Paris, a boiling summer day in DC. Poet. Artist. Cafe. Struggling, struggling. Dreams. Freedom...   

Thursday, 21 July 2016


A few recent sketchbook images and the discovery that brass and winds are great subjects to draw...they sit still! 
Now those diva strings on the other hand...

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Leaving port

A little too late to see this ship leave port today but a sight I had never seen before, out on that horizon there.

Saturday, 18 June 2016


A few images of a recent visit to Philadelphia. I hadn't spent any length of time in the city before and while it wasn't a leisure trip, I did have a little while to myself to squeeze in some sketching. 

Cmdre. Barry statue

N. C. Wyeth's oils for Treasure Island, Brandywine Museum, Chadds Ford. Seeing his home, studio, props, many other originals, and even a full mural was very special. Unfortunately, although rightly so, no photographs were allowed of A. Wyeth's works in watercolor and tempera, nor of many other works by various Brandywine artists also on exhibit. 

Billy Booonnnes!

Birdwatcher statue, Brandywine Museum

Eakins Oval, from some very famous steps!

(Stole this pic from the Project Muse Twitter page) Early morning 5k to kick off AAUP 2016!  


Independence Hall in the rain

Elfreth's Alley

Liberty Bell

Independence Hall in the sun!

Hotel view 

Gen. Washington statue

Independence Hall, from Chestnut St. 

Until next time...

For God's sake, John, sit down!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Another day

Never really considered what the end of the 20s might feel like, but so far seems pretty calming. Spent the first day of 29 out in the garden wondering at how the time has flown since know, back when we looked like this (!):

Laaawd have mercy!