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Sunday, 23 Jun 2013

Nationals vs. Rockies

The Nationals host the Rockies at Nationals Park. The Rockies won, 7-6, but I still had a good time: I enjoyed the crack of the bat, a half-smoke from Ben's Chili Bowl, and the experience of cheering with the crowd.

[ /doodles/dc | 2013/06/23 | link ]

Saturday, 22 Jun 2013

A Trip to the Zoo

[ /doodles/dc | 2013/06/22 | link ]

Friday, 14 Jun 2013

Cigital Tech Fair

Every year, the company I work for has a Tech Fair, at which the whole company gathers from the various parts of the world where we live and work. We spend a weekend doing various team-building activities and attending technical talks about the work we do. This year, the tech fair had a carnival theme, and we had booths set up outside with various games and carnival foods on Friday night.

Later that evening, two of our more musically inclined employees treated us to some tunes on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin.

[ /doodles | 2013/06/14 | link ]

Saturday, 8 Jun 2013

Old Truck

An old, rusted out truck near Middletown, VA.

[ /doodles | 2013/06/08 | link ]

Monday, 27 May 2013

Old Town Alexandria

I did some sketching today in Old Town Alexandria. A couple of people stopped to talk to me while I was working - one had done a sketch of Prince Street from the other direction. There was a jazz festival going on a block away, down by the waterfront, which I could hear from my sketching stool. I enjoy sketching to live music.

On the way back to my car, I passed a saxophone player on King Street.

[ /doodles | 2013/05/27 | link ]

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Fairfax Courthouse

The Old Fairfax County Courthouse, in Old Town Fairfax. Originally built in 1799 (but expanded many times after that), it was the site of a few Civil War skirmishes. I rode past it many times in the bus on the way to high school.

[ /doodles | 2013/05/26 | link ]

Saturday, 25 May 2013


I met up with some friends from college in Fredericksburg for lunch, and afterwards we walked around the old town area for a little while. There are some nice toy stores, bookstores, a tea shop, and more antique shops than I can count. I sat outside and sketched at the corner of Caroline St and George St, while the rest of the group browsed the antiques.

[ /doodles | 2013/05/25 | link ]

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Lost River

I spent the weekend at Lost River Retreat Center, in the mountains of West Virginia, with some good friends. I've been going to this place for many years, and it hasn't changed much - which is a good thing. I've sketched here several times before, but this time I focused more on the people around me.

Some sketches from previous visits: 2008, 2009, and 2012.

[ /doodles, /travel/wv | 2013/05/19 | link ]

Saturday, 11 May 2013

The Bitter Liberals

On Saturday I went to see the The Bitter Liberals in Purcellville. I had heard about the band because their fiddle and mandolin player, Gary McGraw, is also the CTO of the company I work for, Cigital. I'd seen them once before when they joined Gary's other band, Where's Aubrey, on stage at the Barns of Rose Hill. It was a pretty good show - they are all accomplished musicians, and their songs told some good stories.

While the stage was well-lit, it was pretty dark in the audience, so I could barely see my sketchbook. I added the wash later when the lights came back on.

[ /doodles | 2013/05/11 | link ]

Saturday, 27 Apr 2013

Arts Chorale of Winchester

I went to hear my father sing with the Arts Chorale of Winchester perform at St. James Catholic Church, outside Charles Town WV. The program was titled "Mass Appeal", and featured music from a number of masses from different time periods, from J.S. Bach to John Rutter. The chorale was up on a balcony in the rear of the church, and since the church pews faced forward it made for an interesting experience because we could hear them, but not see them. But I did do a sketch of the balcony over my shoulder.

[ /travel/wv, /doodles/churches | 2013/04/27 | link ]