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Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

The Maryland Lighthouse Challenge involves visiting nine lighthouses and one lightship over the course of a weekend. I haven’t the foggiest idea why, but I had it in my head that this was something I was going to do. And I did. And I drew a quick sketch of each lighthouse I visited, in person, usually standing. (I hate to draw while standing.) Chesapeake Bay lighthouses aren’t as impressive as the ones in the ocean, but they can be interesting to look at, particularly the screw-pile type. I filled one page each day of the challenge, and I’m really proud of how they turned out.

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US Capitol

I tried a different approach to this drawing. I decided the Capitol was way too complicated and I’d get lost and frustrated if I started somewhere and tried to get every detail. Instead, I drew the big shapes and just started filling in details. I drew quickly with a larger pen than I usually use. And I think it came out all right. And the weather that day was simply perfect.

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Centreville Townhouses

Hyperlocal Tourism: These drawings are part of my ongoing attempts to fall in love with Centreville, Virginia, where I’ve lived for more than a decade. I’m hoping that by getting up close and personal, I will develop an affection for the place.

I like drawing historic buildings but the truth is that most of Centreville is made up of strip malls and townhouses. It’s the oldest town in the county but we’ve paved over most of the evidence. This was drawn from a photograph I took while taking a walk around the neighborhood.

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Centreville Volunteer Fire Department

Hyperlocal Tourism: These drawings are part of my ongoing attempts to fall in love with Centreville, Virginia, where I’ve lived for more than a decade. I’m hoping that by getting up close and personal, I will develop an affection for the place.

These are the guys who come save me if my house is on fire. I stopped to draw this from across the street while walking home from Centreville Day.

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Harrison House, Centreville

Hyperlocal Tourism: These drawings are part of my ongoing attempts to fall in love with Centreville, Virginia, where I’ve lived for more than a decade. I’m hoping that by getting up close and personal, I will develop an affection for the place.

The Harrison House has seen better days. I know there are efforts being made to preserve it, but I don’t know the details. I would like to note that one of the former owners was a Confederate soldier named – believe it or not – Spotsylvania County Spindle.

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Stuart-Mosby Cavalry Museum, Centreville

Hyperlocal Tourism: These drawings are part of my ongoing attempts to fall in love with Centreville, Virginia, where I’ve lived for more than a decade. I’m hoping that by getting up close and personal, I will develop an affection for the place.

The Stuart-Mosby Civil War Cavalry Museum is a collection of Civil War memorabilia crammed into the tiny front room of an old gas station, if you can believe it.

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Spindle Sears House, Centreville

Hyperlocal Tourism: These drawings are part of my ongoing attempts to fall in love with Centreville, Virginia, where I’ve lived for more than a decade. I’m hoping that by getting up close and personal, I will develop an affection for the place.

The Spindle Sears House was what it sounds like: a house ordered from the Sears Catalog. It’s small but surprisingly modern (by 1930s standards).

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St. John’s Episcopal, Centreville

Hyperlocal Tourism: These drawings are part of my ongoing attempts to fall in love with Centreville, Virginia, where I’ve lived for more than a decade. I’m hoping that by getting up close and personal, I will develop an affection for the place.

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Centreville was built before the Civil War. It’s very small but pretty inside, and some interesting people are buried in its yard.

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Capitol Dome

Drawn while waiting for my other drawing friends to show up.

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Chesapeake Lightship

I visited the Chesapeake Lightship in Baltimore as part of the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge.

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