January 12, 2017

Oddly-Placed Sketches

Layout-wise, they can't all be gems!


January 11, 2017

Friday Night at Home

Before long the coffee cup was replaced with a wine glass.


January 10, 2017

Travel Tuesday - A Fun Trip to Mom's

Travel spread - sketching on the way to Naples to visit my Mom!


Mom's little dogs, RePete and SweetPea, are super adorable but would not be still very long.


I love the crazy foliage in South Florida!


More coffee, more foliage, and more attempts at dogs.


Another travel spread! I had a long layover in Charlotte so I treated myself to a lovely dinner at Beaudevin.


January 09, 2017

New Year, New Sketchbook

I wanted to get a jump on starting a new sketchbook, so these are sketches from December 30th and 31st. This is a Stillman & Birn 5.5 x 8.5 Epsilon Series sketchbook, same series as the last one I used, but the larger format. I'll put down my thoughts about the softcover editions after I get through a couple more.

There's construction going on near my office, and I finally had a couple of minutes for a quick sketch of the massive red construction crane.


I really did eat some fruit! But then later I got a giant TCBY Shiver.


Quick interior sketch.

January 05, 2017

January 04, 2017

Several Months of Vehicles








January 03, 2017

I Love Trees






January 02, 2017

January 01, 2017

Happy New Year with Books!

Let's start the new year with a bunch of books!






December 31, 2016

Happy New Year in Paris

I'm not in Paris, but I was earlier this year. I thought I'd close out 2016 by posting one of the best parts of the year. We took a two-week trip to Paris and did as little as possible. I filled a sketchbook, but just picked a few favorites to share.

Here's one from the park around the corner.


I like to make really unhelpful maps of the places I visit.


Our first full day included a trip to the Pompidou followed by a lovely leisurely dinner around the corner at a charming restaurant.


I took a fat pen and it was so freeing!




Spent about an hour standing on the Pont Neuf looking at the Seine.


We also spent several hours at the Musee d'Orsay. This painting, Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, is the whole reason I wanted to go back to Paris. I needed to put my eyes on it again. So I spent about 40 minutes with it. It is magnificent.


More fat pen sketches - little kids at the Louvre.



Useless map with amazing tree at the Cimetière du Montparnasse.


Anniversary dinner.


Useless map from our last day in Paris. We walked to Shakespeare and Company and had an amazing lunch at a Basque restaurant then strolled past Notre Dame on the way back to our apartment. It was a magical day and a magical trip.

I hope your 2017 is magical.