Blog Profile / Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

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Every monday night is mono printmaking at Garance’s magical studio in New Suffolk, NY. You squeeze tubes of printing inks on palettes, roll, paint, collage onto a printing surface, take your piece and walk carefully to not tread on the parrot that patrols the floor space, And give the Printer (Garance) your work. She will […]

southold indian museum

Across the road from the Custer Observatory is the Southold Indian Museum. It was a dreary, cold rainy day…perfect day to draw old artifacts in a room where time stops still and ancestors quietly stand and watch. Advertisements

winter night sky

I have always wanted learn the constellations, but the classroom was never available in NYC. But here, on the North Fork, on any clear night, it is open. Draco, Ursa Minor, Ursa Major, Cepheus, Cygnus, Lacerta, Cassiopeia, Lynx, Camelopardalis, Perseus, Gemini.  This 10×10 painted board will be on sale at the South Street Gallery’s 10×10 […]

The Sullivans (DDG 68)

Now at Staten Island pier (305 Front Street, Stapleton,) USS SULLIVANS (DDG-68) is open to the public for tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9-12,  alongside USS Hue City (CG 66.) It was at the Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942 that 687 souls were lost when their ship, the USS Juneau (CL-52) was sunk. Five of the […]


New: BuoyantSea swim. Thank you, Rya, for the beautiful website! I love it! Classes begin Monday, 31 July at Fifth Street Beach in Greenport, NY. This schedule will be good until 30 September (or unless something changes.) See you on the beach…and in the water!

plein air at Soundview, Greenport, NY

Every Wednesday from 16h to 19h, Amy Worth of the South Street Gallery in Greenport holds a plein air painting class at the Soundview. Yesterday was the first time I joined them, and we were lucky to have guest artist Duane Keiser demonstrating and critiquing. Duane began a small oil painting; it was wonderful to see […]

it was fifty years ago today…

Today, 50 years ago, on June 1st, in 1967, the Beatles released this album in the US: Listen to it now, streaming on WPKN (Purple Knights Network) of Bridgeport, CT off the original 1967 album. It is one of  the 75,000 vinyl records in their collection: Go to archives where the many DJ’s shows are […]

a vintage machine

I am in awe, wow!  The International Sewing Machine Collector Society is an incredible resource for old sewing machines, and has scanned and put online many old manuals. Here is the link to the beautifully illustrated and written Singer...Show More Summary

“Crime of the Ancient Mariner” by Brian Lance

Just published!  “Crime of the Ancient Mariner”   by ELECTRIC LITERATURE’s weekly ‘literary oddments’ magazine, OKEY-PANKY. I have always loved Gustave Doré’s moving etchings, and was very happy when Brian Lance asked me to illustrate his psychedelic, angst & drug-laden, navy man’s lament in his weaving of Coleridge’s poem with a U.S. Navy psych evaluation.

stargazy pie

Stargazy pie has a great name and history. Enjoy this essay entitled Forgotten Fish by Mary Sue Milliken. Menhaden pie, anyone? I will be making this recipe, courtesy of Saveur magazine. If you do, too, let us know how it comes out! Get up, get dressed, go out in this rig to catch the fishies for the pie… […]

the “Boke”

  Hoboken Terminal, NJ. My boss took me there on a survey job one snowy day, several years ago. The ferry slips were not ready yet, and were still being painted. One could see the grandness of the architecture. Billowy sheets of plastic were hung over the openings, and we had to drive in and […]

le nuove strade

le nuove strade (the new streets) Dancer image: costume design by Eugène Lacoste for the ballet “Namouna”  performed in 1882 at l’Opéra de Paris.

bird on a wing

or, a wing on a bird… Happy November 9th everyone. And now: onward. Carry on.

go see…

“Macondo” — from the fictitious cursed town in the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.   The well was named by this winning entry in a BP employee contest. (wiki) The hydrocarbons that were sought lay 4000-4500 m below the sea floor. That is 2.8 miles. It would be like starting at the Empire State Building and going south, ending […]

talk tomorrow, all welcome

Ships of Commerce, War, Work & Pleasure a presentation of NYHarbor doodles by Bowsprite aboard Nantucket Lightship WLV-612 Wednesday, September 14, 2016 6 to 7pm Pier 6 Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park take the WaterTaxi ferry or the East River Ferry from Pier 11 across the East River to Pier 1 Brooklyn Bridge Park, walk south […]

how I learned to stop worrying…

…and love internet searches. Are you in need of a good title for a talk or presentation? I am! Next week, I am invited to speak on the Nantucket Lightship, WLV-612, on my New York Harbor Sketchbook drawings. So, I did a search, and found...Show More Summary


“I just had the bittersweet honor of removing the USCGC BOUTWELL from active Coast Guard service, pierside at Coast Guard Island in Alameda. This small event involved the remaining few who have completed the legwork that began with the formal decommissioning ceremony back in March in San Diego. The hull now will sit empty until […]

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