Sunday, November 30, 2008

River-Aire, vacancy

This old motel sign is on Riverside Drive east of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Although the motel building is still there I doubt that it has had guests in a long time. Drawn from a photo taken on an October trip to the upper peninsula of Michigan. Pitt pens, watercolor, Hand book journal.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Just another Saturday


This was done from one of my photos taken at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg museum in Auburn, Indiana. It's been several years since I've been there. May need to go back this winter. Pitt pens.
This is a piece of Maintenance Of Way equipment that was parked on a siding at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Canadian National is the railroad there now. This unit still has the Wisconsin Central shield on the side. I have no idea what this does. It appears to be a large blower to clear something from the tracks. Drawn from one of my photos taken on October 20, 2008. Pitt pens and watercolor. OK. Anyone else have this problem? Our cat seems to think my sketchbook and drawing board are hers.





Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Northern Kentucky

We were in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky this past week. The trip was for a swing dance convention held at the Drawbridge Inn. This was the banner that hung over the DJ booth in the ballroom. The name of the event is Move Across the River and is put on by the Cincinnati Bop Club. A great time was had by all. This was their 16th year of this event. We have been there for the last 14 years. No plans to stop going. Pitt pens, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 Hand book journal


This is our room. #165. We always get the same room. Pitt pens, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 Hand book journal
We went to a Barnes & Nobel one morning in Florence Kentucky for coffee and browsing. Pitt pens, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 Hand book journal

This is a bridge over highway 8 at Ludlow, Kentucky. It is for Norfolk Southern Railroad. There are two tracks on this bridge. This was drawn looking east. To the left is the massive bridge carrying the tracks across the Ohio river and Cincinnati is on the other shore. Pitt pens, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 Hand book journal



Sunday, November 9, 2008

Maysville, KY

This group of buildings is in Maysville, Kentucky. Maysville is the home town of Rosemary Clooney. The sketch is done from a photo I shot a few years back. This particular shot interested me because of the very small building with the green canopy wedged in between the larger buildings. I doubt that it is more than ten feet wide. On its roof was some sort of a room, maybe just a place to get away to read or relax. It had a window and an awning. I don't remember what was in the building but I'm reasonably sure it was in use. I hope to sketch some more from the photos of this trip to Maysville. Hand book journal, Pitt pens, Tombow gray pens, watercolor applied with a water brush pen made by Elmers for kids, cleaned of factory color and refilled with water.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Gary's stool

This stool is owned by our friend Gary. He is a harmonica player and the stool gives him a place to set his case with all of his harmonicas and other equipment such as his wireless microphone. The band he was in at the time I took this photo is no longer together. Sad but people move on. We really miss hearing him and the band. Pitt pens in a Hand book journal.

Monday, November 3, 2008

EDM #124

The challenge was to draw something yellow. This was drawn from a photo taken by me at the Steam Show held every August in Mason, Michigan. This a great show for sketchbook artists and photographers as there is a large display of steam tractors and steam powered equipment and a very large display of antique gas tractors. Even a few old trucks here and there. Pitt pens with Prang watercolors in a Hand book journal.