June 3, 2017 bike ride sketch notes

As close to perfect a Saturday afternoon as you could imagine in early June. Sun shining down through a bright blue sky, breezy and comfortable. Just right for pedaling up and down the hills on narrow roads in western Lancaster county's rolling farmland. And as much as I love to ride without stopping, I made myself pause four times to make quick sketch notes of barns along Route 23 with a stubby 2B pencil in a 3"x 5-1/2" pad. 

barn, circa 1750, rebuilt 1857


May 24-26, 2017 sketchbook

Sketchbook pages. Wish I had time for more than just these quick scribblings, but other obligations make even a sketch here and there challenging to squeeze in. Hoping for a stretch of calmer waters ahead.

Italian Market scene, South PhiladelphiaItalian Market, Philly / Gabe icing his eyeAmish farm in New Holland, PA


May 20-21, 2017 sketchbook pages

A few sketchbook studies from the weekend.

bouquet, fountain pen and inkfoliage, watercolorfoliage, fountain pen and ink


Sligo Creek

A quick watercolor sketch on a sun dappled Mothers' Day afternoon along peaceful Sligo Creek in Takoma Park, Maryland. A lovely old stone bridge soon to be needlessly replaced with one that will carry heavier loads on this tiny neighborhood road and inevitably have far less character.


An Artistic Milestone

On Friday evening this past week, my daughter Noble nervously welcomed family, friends, and colleagues to the Stella Elkins Tyler Galleries at Temple University's Tyler School of Art. After years of study and exploration, insights and inspirations, uncertainty and self doubt that accompany an education in fine art, she presented an installation of her final semester's senior thesis work in Fibers and Material Studies, for which she will receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree on May 12.

Her show was entitled "Synthetic Simulation". Noble built her investigation around the dichotomies she sees within a materialistic culture increasingly driven by fashion, throw away trends, and social media, yet with the conviction that one may still create beauty and convey hope and optimism. She combined traditional and conventional techniques and materials with novel and sometimes jarring departures. She created a coherent, intriguing and relevant statement in art that can be read on multiple levels.

As did her professors, I applaud her work, its depth of thought, and the perspective it conveys. Congratulations, Noble! What a proud moment in your career as an artist.

You can see more of Noble's work at