Archive for ‘Sketchbook Archive’

August 21, 2015

Banjos, trombones, whales

A few days ago I conversed with a stranger while waiting for banjo class to start. I do that now – play the banjo. Sitting on a bench, he was waiting for his jazz ensemble to begin. With a white beard, he looked to me like a sea captain or George R. R. Martin. We talked and he proceeded to tell me how he was forced to learn to play the banjo when he was young. He hated it. All I could picture was this man on a deck of a boat chasing whales and calling to them with his trombone.

Banjos whales and trombones

September 7, 2012

Sketchbook Archive | 09.07.12

Elevation and site plan of the Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy.

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

July 13, 2012

Sketchbook Archive | 07.13.12

This week it’s scenes from Murano. Murano was beautiful and wonderfully devoid of turists. It is full of window boxes, colorful shutters, and blown glass in strange places


July 8, 2012

Sketchbook Archive | 07.08.12

Scenes from Venice.


Venice 1

June 29, 2012

Sketchbook Archive | 06.29.12

This was my home for a few days in Italy, a beautiful villa in Modena. And yes, it did smell like flowers.


Modena, Italy: June 2012


Modena, Italy: June 2012

April 21, 2012

Sketchbook Archive | 02.21.12

I went to Portland, Oregon three weeks ago and fell in love. Everyone was nice, cars stopped for pedestrians without honking, and the whole city seemed to smell like donuts.  I was there on a work trip so I didn’t have much free time to explore the city but I did eat some amazing food at 23 Hoyt including the most delicious facaccia bread with a mascarpone like spread.  I also managed to visit a few tasty food trucks.  I want to go back.  I got one sketch in while I was there, the view from the concierge lounge of my hotel.  It does not do the city justice.

Portland Sketch

Some photos…

Mini Donuts For All


Awesome Chair

Concrete Column

Pearl District

Flower shop

Ace Hotel

Fish Grotto

Yarn Shop

March 23, 2012

Sketchbook Archive | 03.23.12

Some more from my trip to Houston.  This time the Rotkho Chapel.  It is amazing.  You should go.  I went there twice in two days just to sit.  As noted below the art itself is a “velvety purple you could fall into.” Beautiful.

From a sketching standpoint, it’s actually pretty awful.  The little gem is the broken obelisk in the corner.

March 16, 2012

Sketchbook Archive | 03.16.12

I went to Houston a few weekends ago and spent some time at a few museums.  Houston is a pretty amazing city for the arts on the whole in large part because of the Menil family.  I did a few quick (and I mean quick, like 90 second) sketches.  This is probably the first time I’ve done some sketching on the go since 2005 so it’s a little (a lot) rough. I’m not ashamed.  I’ll let you see them.

July 22, 2011

Sketchbook Archive | 7.22.11

Koldinghus castle, Denmark.  An interesting study in page composition.

August, 2005

June 17, 2011

Sketchbook Archive | 6.17.11

I used to carry a sketchbook with me everywhere.  I did this for four years from 2002-2006. In an effort to rekindle my ‘sketchbooking spirit’ I’m sharing excerpts from those sketchbooks here, every Friday.


A sketch and a photo of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Chruch in Berlin.

August 2005