An Italian Sketchbook and Some Familiar Faces


Red Lead LadyI finished off a nice little sketchbook that Tony Visco picked up for me when he was in Florence a couple years ago. Continue reading

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Sunset

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Feline Friday

Neighborhood ginger kitty!

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Monkey & Bird Chapter Two

Monkey & Bird Chapter TwoI added the remainder of the pages of Monkey & Bird originally published by the late, lamented CO2 Comics to this website. You can read the story here.

If you like it, drop us a line. I may one day pick up where the strip left off to find out what is going on with Mickey the Monkey and Sylvia the Bird.

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Lemon Sponge Pudding

I’m a huge fan of lemon desserts, and this particular recipe has quite a history. This was known as “lemon delicious pudding” and became popular in America in the late 19th century. It was published in a cook book by Fannie Farmer and is rumored to have it’s roots in England.

It’s got a simple list of ingredients – butter, flour, milk, eggs, lemon juice, sugar. When baked, a light sponge cake separates from a thick, lemon curd on the bottom. It can be served warm or cold, with ice cream, whipped cream, and/or berries. Continue reading

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The Original Animal House

See if this sounds familiar: In a college town circa 1962 a group of students carouse from bar to bar, falling in and out of bed with coeds as well as married women and culminating in a prank that has disastrous consequences.

Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

This is a movie that I fell across as I was searching for something to watch on my favorite streaming channel Pub-D-Hub. I decided to watch it because I was curious about the “perform pranks with disastrous consequences” line in the synopsis. I had to know the nature of the pranks. I continued watching because of the cast which includes some of Britain’s biggest stars at the start of their careers. Continue reading

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Feline Friday

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Sofa Sketches and an Obscure Remake

I’ve been sitting on the sofa with a sketchbook in my lap trying out some of my new art materials and playing around with a few I forgot I had. I should be up at my desk in my studio, but the Dog Days of Summer came early to Philadelphia, and the third floor of a rowhouse is not where I want to be. Continue reading

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Flowers on Broad Street

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Chopped Summer Salad

Last week, we had quite a few days of 90+ degree days around these parts. When the weather fills you with dread about making dinner, this chopped salad is a lifesaver. Mine had imported tuna in olive oil and garbanzo beans as a protein, tomatoes, avocado, cucumbers, red roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, and fresh mozzarella. Chopped salad, because you can’t serve popsicles for dinner every night! Continue reading

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Feline Friday

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Coming Soon to My Sketchbook

Art Graf Water Soluble GraphiteThis is my latest acquisition. It is a cake of water soluble graphite that I will be using in conjunction with standard graphite and other water soluble pencils. The results are like ink washes, and I’ve been having a blast building up tones on my drawings.

I just got this so stay tuned to see what I come up with. It’s a shame to spoil the beautiful logo molded into the graphite disk, but spoil it I shall.

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Garlic Beef and Vegetable Ramen

Ramen noodles are a handy item to keep in your pantry. You can usually score them three for a buck at the grocery store, and if you toss the seasoning packets – you’ve got noodles that cook in about three minutes. Which gives you plenty of time to cook the beef, chop vegetables and mince garlic for this dish! Continue reading

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Rainier Cherries

It’s that time of the year!

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