Sunday, November 16, 2014

Paying Tribute

Autumn colors, Rowayton, Connecticut

At the junction of Wilson and Rowayton Avenues in Rowayton, Connecticut, is this Civil War cannon, inscribed with memorials to area veterans.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Still More Cleveland

West Side Market interior, Cleveland, Ohio

There's something about Cleveland. And not because of that guy who left and came back. One of my favorite places to go on Saturday mornings is West Side Market. This time we found out we could climb up into the balcony overlooking the stalls. So we got crepes and perched there and ate (and I sketched) and watched the market slowly fill with people.

Before meeting a friend for brunch at Urban Farmer, I slipped into the Cleveland Public Library for a few minutes. How could I not have seen this place before? I could have stayed for hours. I was smitten by the John G. White Chess and Checkers Collection -- the world's largest chess/draughts library. And oh, those adorable miniature books!

While I couldn't meet up to draw with any of the Cleveland Urban Sketchers this time around, I did happen to meet illustrator Bruce Biddle at the library. Turns out CPL's fine arts collection is extensive, including shelves upon shelves of watercolor books. So many treasures.

S'why we keep going back. Any other Clevelandphiles out there? What are your faves?

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Heading Back to Cleveland

Skyline, Cleveland, Ohio

I've spent the weekend getting ready for the annual office holiday bazaar. Since it's in Cleveland, I've been painting scenes of the city, inspired by photographs I took on previous trips.

Thirsty Parrot, Cleveland, Ohio

RTA Flats East Bank, Cleveland, Ohio

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Wroclaw: A Fleeting Glimpse

I flew in on a Monday, flew out on a Wednesday -- but what I saw of Wroclaw, Poland, was postcard-lovely. Much of it is relatively recent reconstruction, given that the city lay in ruins after WWII.

I went to the Philharmonia one evening to see Mario Hossen and Les Orpheistes Festival Orchestra of Vienna play Vivaldi. The concert hall itself was nothing to look at, but there was no need for anything to distract the eyes given what was coming out of the musicians' instruments.

Concert at Philharmonia, Wroclaw, Poland

Daylight hours found me at the office, but a colleague kindly took me on a nighttime ramble around the Old Town, university and Ostrow Tumski.

My last day there, I took an early morning walk around the Rynek (market square) in a chilly, driving rain. I huddled beneath a doorway, trying to keep my sketchbook as dry as I could.

Rynek - Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw has gnomes and vintage neon signs and a cathedral and trams (I do love trams) and lots and lots of bridges. All of which (and the pierogi!) will certainly bring me back again.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Weekend in Strasbourg

Strasbourg, France

Tagged along with M. to Germany a few weeks ago, as he was speaking at Frankfurt Book Fair. We flew out a few days early so we could spend the weekend in Strasbourg, France.

Half-timbered buildings, Strasbourg, France

I expected the half-timbered buildings (aside: they are really tedious to draw even after you figure out the pattern) and the ubiquitous flammkuchen (tarte flambee). Turns out Strasbourg is also multimodal transportation heaven. There are trams and riverboats and bicycles and pedestrian-friendly squares.

Place Gutenberg signage, Strasbourg, France

Tourists, Strasbourg, France

Oh yeah, and a famous cathedral.

Cathedral, Strasbourg, France

We had a nice meal at La Corde a Linge, a riverfront restaurant that specializes in spaetzle and is thematically decorated to evoke a vintage laundry.

La Corde a Linge restaurant, Strasbourg, France

I didn't even get to the EU Parliament building or the Rhine, and I hear there's great biking among the vineyards in Alsace -- all to-dos for a future trip.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ocean Beach Park, New London, CT

Yoga at Ocean Beach Park, New London, CT
Sept. 20 was a lovely (though breezy) day for the Walk2End Alzheimer's at Ocean Beach Park in New London. As we waited for it to get underway, I sketched a yoga class on the beach and then the pavilions and event tents.

Walk 2 End Alzheimer's, New London, CT

Pavilions at Walk 2 End Alzheimer's, New London, CT

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunrise Behind Terminal Tower, Cleveland

Sunrise behind Terminal Tower, Cleveland, Ohio

I was in Cleveland again for work a few weeks ago. This was the view from the Aloft Hotel in the Flats - East Bank, before a day full of meetings.