Archive for May, 2010

Sleepy Hollow, Sunnyside, headless ghosts and their graves

May 12, 2010

Last Friday I spent the day in Sleepy Hollow and Irvington, NY doing research for my next book…Stickfiguratively Speaking: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Erica and Oliver came along to help take pictures of Sunnyside(Washington Irving’s estate) as well as the Sleepy Hollow cemetery and Old Dutch Burying Ground. These are some of the pics though I do have about 400 more. I plan on(but may change my mind) using the Sunnyside estate as that of Baltus Van Tassel in the drawings for the book. Also, on one cool note–this church is the actual church where the horseman begins the nightly search for his missing head. The Old Dutch Burying Ground is the very spot where at one point Ichabod seeks refuge from the headless phantom. What a cool place to take reference pics–we will be going back soon for a second round of shooting. Note: The very bottom group of images contains the grave of Washington Irving if you look closely.

Oliver and The Honey Badgers

May 8, 2010

Caught Oliver reading a copy of one of my books, Honey Badgers.  Jamison recommended, Oliver approved!

Rocco and Millrace Books

May 3, 2010

Had a book signing yesterday in Farmington, CT at Millrace Books. Jan, the shop owner is the sweetest woman, possibly in existence. She has been running the shop for decades and it’s truly an independent shop that you love to buy your books from. The temperature outside was a balmy 90+ and the turnout was modest but nonetheless, it was great. During my presentation I did a bit of a drawing demo and there was one young chap named Rocco who repaid the favor. Having noticed that I made a comment about liking sneakers(I’ve got tons of pairs) Rocco drew my portrait. So–Many thanks to Rocco and his family. Also, to Jan at the shop. It was a great day!