Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Plains, VA

Place Visited: The Plains, Virginia, USA
Date: May 2016

I actually had plans for a sketch outing at the National Zoo that day, but I'd neglected to account for the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day ride, which involves hundreds or maybe even thousands of motorcycles descending upon DC. When it took me two hours just to get to Arlington, I turned around and headed back west. On a whim, I took the exit for The Plains. I stopped by a farmers market for lunch, then enjoyed my first cold-brew coffee at Happy Creek, where I drew the scenery. After that I wandered the local shops and galleries. All in all a nice day.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Silver Spring, MD

Place Visited: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Date: August 2016

This was my very first DC Drink & Draw meetup, and my first time at Denizens Brewing Co. The beer and food were both quite good, but the company was even better. I love this crowd. There's often an informal theme, and this time was Thank You For Riding Metro (because of the crazy scheduling and closings that is SafeTrack). We each drew our own Metro car, then linked them all together on the wall. It was fantastic.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Champaign, IL

Place Visited: Champaign, Illinois, USA
Date: June 2016

I visited my usual spots (The IDEA Store, Habitat ReStore, and Cafe Kopi), plus made a couple of new stops. I discovered CU Woodshop Supply through a billboard on the drive in. We had a great time checking out all the tools and gorgeous wood. Oishi Hibachi Steakhouse was recommended by friends. It was standard hibachi, which means it was fun and delicious. Oh yeah, and the Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight are fantastic gel pens I had a blast playing with. I love Champaign. My trips there are never long enough.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Manassas, VA

Place Visited: Manassas, Virginia, USA
Date: July 2016

I finally made it down to the Manassas Museum, then spent some time wandering downtown. I stopped by my favorite coffee shop in town (Grounds Central Station), drew the train station, and browsed Prospero's Books, which was quite the adventure. The nice ladies at the visitor center had me pick up a brochure for the art installation downtown, where the paintings had been turned into banners that hung from the street lights. I included my favorites that depicted Manassas in some way.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Fort Washington, MD

Place Visited: Fort Washington, Maryland, USA
Date: April 2016

My 10-year-old self was too excited for words by this place, an actual old military fort you can wander around almost everywhere in. The view is amazing, but mostly I just enjoyed tromping around, seeing every inch. I'll definitely be going back.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Fort Foote, MD

Place Visited: Fort Foote, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA
Date: April 2016

Fort Foote Park has some ginormous cannons and a gorgeous walk down to the river. There wasn't a soul around when I was there.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Oxon Hill, MD

Place Visited: Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA
Date: April 2016

Oxon Hill Farm was pretty quiet and chilly when I visited, but all the buildings were open so I got to see the cows, pigs, and horses. Though I grew up in the Midwest, I've never lived or worked on a farm, and yet for some reason I still feel a little nostalgic at the smell of hay.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Manassas, VA

Location: Manassas, Virginia, USA
Visited: January 2016

Manassas is right next door to my hometown but I don't visit often. I will, however, have to go back to Grounds Central Station sometime. The coffee is good, the staff is super friendly, and the atmosphere is cozy.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Charles Town, WV

Location: Charles Town, West Virginia, USA
Visited: January 2016

Historic downtown Charles Town is pretty much closed on Sundays, I discovered. I had a decent waffle at Grandma's Diner, was a little concerned what Needful Things (which was closed) might actually sell, and saw some nice art at the visitors center. On my way there I also stopped at the Collectable Treasures indoor flea market. Didn't buy anything, but it was fun to browse.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Location: Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
Visited: December 2015

Artomatic is a lovely art show with over 500 artists, taking over an entire building. I attended the last show, in Crystal City, and I'm glad I made it to this one as well. And just barely - I finally managed to attend on the next-to-last day of the show. I was sick as a dog and it was probably a terrible idea, but I'm glad I went all the same. Very inspiring.