Archive for October, 2010


My choice of subject for 2009? You guessed it, the “usual”.  I can never get enough of lighthouses, and Minot is no exception.  I went with a photo that I shot from mid-Sandy beach at low tide in early spring.  My square (sponsored by Geek Housecalls) was on some side street with a pretty coarse surface, so not nearly as finger-friendly as last year’s smooth concrete  ice-rink surface.  On the other hand, the coarser surface worked really well at the finish when I was working in the salt spray and was able to accomplish it easily by skimming the pebbly surface.  Below is a sequence of photos showing the progression of the artwork:

First things first, a grid on the ground helps with transfer from the original image

with the basic layout in place, you get an idea of how coarse the sidewalk is as a media. All the chalk lines will be blurred and blended. Some use paintbrushes or sponges. I prefer the fingertips although it is a little hard on the prints...

You can see how it starts to come together as the colors are blended. Soon it becomes difficult to see just how coarse the surface is.

With the bulk of the lighthouse itself complete, it's time to focus on the rocks and foreground ocean.

Midway through. Took a break and walked around with James, Jay, and Jules to check out other artwork

Foreground rocks and water in place, time to move on to details

tweaking the sky, adding more seagulls, and spray on the rocks...

As the sun dips low in the afternoon sky, the finished artwork is dappled. How long did it take? About 6 hours. How long will it last? Only until the next rain...

The artist's signature...


The Great Woods, Mansfield MA

Lake Winnesquam Sunny

Finch on feeder admiring its reflection in the dining room window


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Lexington, MA - Gorgeous sunset sandwiched between angry blizzard clouds and snow-covered trees

After a full day of being pounded by a blizzard, the skies abruptly clear and clouds part to reveal a stunning sunset sandwiched between wintry clouds and snow covered trees.  What’s a geek to do but pull over and squeeze off a few shots 🙂

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A lone maple stands statuesque against the winter sky


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White PInes covered under recent snowfall offer an idyllic glimpse of winter in New England


Jay with magic floating Cosmic Wimpout dice

Cosmic Wimpout featuring the magic floating dice.  A classic family game traditionally played during family vacations on Cape Cod. 

cosmic wimpout dice in action

Cosmic Wimpout dice float down onto the tile. Will it be a flash? A Freight train? A Super Nova, or a train wreck?

Cosmic Wimpout custom hand-crafted case includes porcelain playing surface and felt-lined compartments for pen, scorepads, and built in buzzer for "buzzing" Wimpouts.

huge Quincy black granite globe

Granite Spoken Here

To the rest of the world it’s a gravestone, but to folks from Quincy and those from the South Shore of Massachusetts, it’s a familiar landmark, similar to one that formerly graced the grassy rotary on the Quincy side of the Fore River bridge.  As young kids riding up route 3A on family trips to Grammy’s house in Quincy, we knew as soon as we approached the “Singing Bridge”, that the “Shiny Ball” lay just beyond.   Sadly, the Singing Bridge in all it’s art-deco splendor has been dismantled and a temporary erector-set structure stands in its place.  The original “Shiny Ball” has been moved to a place of prominence in front of Quincy City Hall, a quiet reminder of Quincy’s distant quarrying past as the premiere source of black granite. This photo is of a similarly sized “shiny ball” (6-8′ diameter) used as a gravestone in the Mount Wollaston Cemetery … “granite spoken here.”

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Photo of Jules with Striped Bass from Mill River in Cohasset


Stripers corner baitfish in a blitz below the Mill River rapids on the outgoing tide.  Jules & James rush out onto the rocks to try their luck. Not long after James hauls in a schoolie, Jules does the same.  Her first Striper ever!