Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kirkin' o' the Tartan

Quite the cultural gamut today as we visited the First Presbyterian Church for the Kirkin' o' the Tartan and thence to Beth Shalom Synagogue for Bubbie's Brisket and Bakery.  A great display of unabashedly garish plaids with the skirl of bagpipes.  And the knishes were great.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


I was in Washington, D.C. back in September and made the following sketches:

The Old Patent Office, now the National Portrait Gallery, was designed by fellow Carolinian Robert Mills and completed in 1842.  One of my favorite buildings in the Federal City, it's almost an abstraction of classicism with its severe Doric details.  I ate in a restaurant across the street and above the International Spy Museum and caught the South facade as the sun was setting.  Each block of the honey-colored masonry is a different hue, giving a blockiness that adds to the severity.    

Union Station

Waiting for the Metro.