It’s 10 degrees in New Jersey.  I’m happy to be heading to warmer weather.

Ed's Pipe Bender

Ed’s Pipe Bender

Fortunately, first thing Monday morning, Ed solved the problem I was having with my K-car.  It barely made it up any incline and had no oomph when merging from the left onto a highway into speeding traffic.  The exhaust system was clogged.  My mechanic treats me like a queen.  Maybe it’s the oatmeal raisin cookies I bring him, or maybe he just loves working on my old junkers.  Being in a panic, hoping I could make it to his shop without having to call to get the car towed, I left my backpack behind.  Ed gave me paper and pen and I settled in to drawing the Pipe Bender I’ve had my eye on for a couple of years now.  Ed finished up with my car before I finished the drawing.  What service!

Why do I mention this while waiting for my plane to take off?  Because Tom’s car broke down in the driveway at 2 am when we were leaving for the airport.  A quick switch over to the K-car and we were on our way again.  It took an hour for the car to warm up, but at least it works!

I hope to see some of you in a few days in Santa Rosa, California!  I’ll be at Village Art Supply.  There will be a free demo on Thursday evening, an art appreciation session on Friday evening and full-day workshops on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday!  It’s not too late to sign up.

Line Drawing:  Pipe Bender – Proformer II, drawn on printer paper with a bic pen.


Unique road signs on back roads is one of the delights of a road trip.

Red Wolf Crossing

Route 64, just past Scuppermong, North Carolina…. first “Red Wolf Crossing” sign I’ve ever seen.  I regret that a red wolf was not crossing the road as we passed through.  I would have loved seeing one.

We watched the odometer on my K-car turn from 99999 to 00000 just south of the Maryland / Virginia border.

1988 K-car at 99,999 miles

100,000 miles, 1988 K-car!

A toast to an awesome car

We are spending our last night of our road trip in Ocean City, Maryland.

More than 525 Corvettes paraded on the boardwalk below our hotel room.  It was a special day for cars.

A parade of Corvettes

One last, out of the car, road trip sketch….

4 pm, Ocean City, Maryland, boardwalk

So ends my road trip with Tom.  Our next stop is “home”. Next week I head back to Maryland for a week of plein air painting along the Chesapeake.

Sketchbook drawings: Top – pencil and Watercolor, Watercolor …. Bottom – ink drawn with fountain pen, followed by watercolor using waterbrush and pigments in pans stored in Altoid tin.