Wednesday, July 18, 2018

USCGC Dauntless in Dry Dock 1

Most of the Brooklyn Navy Yard has been turned into tech and industry, but there are still six working dry docks operated by GMD Shipyard. Dry Dock 1 is the oldest in the yard, completed in 1851, and has a viewing platform by it, allowing a close-up look at it, if you can get into the premises. The USCGC Dauntless was docked there for several weeks, being refurbished. This cutter was commissioned in 1968.

This view was my first attempt. Actually, this was my third attempt, after abandoning two initial tries. The proportions of it are all off, but at that point I was moving on.

Much better with this attempt, as viewed from a gap in the fence!

The mast.

Work was completed on the USCGC Dauntless and it set sail about a week or two ago.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

City of Water - Brooklyn Navy Yard

Today is the eleventh annual NYC City of Water Day, so I figured it'd be a good day to share these two sketches of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, as seen from the Manhattan side of the East River. I had some time to kill while in the Lower East Side a few weeks ago, so decided to draw a skyline view of the Navy Yard to include in the collection I'm doing as a Visiting Artist there.

As I was completing the wide landscape view, a huge cargo ship appeared in front of me and docked at Pier K, by the Lehigh Cement Company. It was the Algoma Integrity, a 33,000 ton self-discharging cargo vessel.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Prospect Park Urban Sketching

I regularly post sketches to the NYC Urban Sketchers Facebook page, but have never joined them for one of their outings. My schedule never seems to allow it. But this past Wednesday, they were in Prospect Park, at the The Boathouse, not far from my apartment, and I was free, so I joined up with them for a bit. I wasn't able to stay that long and so didn't get to meet many of them in person, but hopefully I'll have the opportunity to join future outings.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Brooklyn Fish Transfer, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn Navy Yard exploration. Brooklyn Fish Transfer is Agger Fish Corp., an importer of fish. Their website says that monkfish and ankimo are their specialty.

Building 269 was Sub-Assembly Shop No. 2. I believe that 'sub' here is used in the sense of 'secondary' or 'subordinate,' as in sub-contracter, and does not refer to submarines, as the Brooklyn Navy Yard did hardly any work involving submarines. Here is a view from 1941, shortly after its construction. The large door in the center is the entrance in my drawing.

via Brooklyn Navy Yard Archives

Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Drawn from Red Hook. Reading the full text of Emma Lazarus' poem is striking, given the current political climate, especially in regards to immigration. Hopefully, our country will soon return to the sentiments of 1883.

Monday, June 25, 2018

On the Waterfront

I've been spending a lot of time at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a Visiting Artist, quickly filling up the sketchbook I've dedicated to that project. I'd planned to try to fill one book during my stint there, but maybe it'll wind up being two? Anyway, here's a couple, roughly grouped under the subject of "mooring." Thanks to my sister-in-law, who attended the the Maine Maritime Academy, for helping me to identify what some of these things are called.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Exhibit: Scenes From The East Village, L.E.S., and Chinatown

A regular gig of mine is working for Clubbed Thumb's annual festival of new plays, Summerworks, and this year they are graciously presenting a show of my works in the lobby of the venue, The Wild Project. As the festival has long had its home in the Lower East Side, the show focuses on drawings from the surrounding area - The Lower East Side, the East Village, and Chinatown. On view through June 30.