Let me draw you into my world


Today we are going to Muse about the humble sketch book.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Studied Sketches

So I was sitting here at my computer and looking vacantly into my space.  As you can see it is pretty messy just now.



Sketch books on the right

Sketch books on the right

And for some reason my attention was drawn to the upper right corner of the bookcase. It is here where I keep some of my sketchbooks.  Occasionally I reference them for my work.

I thought I would share some of them with you.

These are two that I used when I was travelling.

 Sketch Books

Sketch Books

The one on the bottom shows a lot of wear.  It fell into the Loxahatchee River some years back when I was canoeing.  I’ll show you the results in a minute.

Everyday Life

In these books I have recorded the everyday life around me.  The first of the drawings were made when I lived in Long Beach, California.  Here are street scenes:

 Long Beach

Long Beach

Vermont Street

Vermont Street

And here are some of the restaurants I used to frequent.

Hof's Hut

Hof’s Hut


` Millies

Later I lived in San Francisco.

San Francisco

San Francisco Geary Street

While I was in Long Beach I attended an International Rotary Convention in Seoul Korea and used it as a spring-board to visit Hong Kong.

Kowloon Park

Kowloon Park

Mad Dog's Pub

Mad Dog’s Pub

 Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hah!  This shows what happens when you drop your sketch book into a river.  The page on the left is a mirror image of the page on the right, the water causing the ink to run.  Many of the pages in this book were damaged unfortunately.

Most of my sketching is in ink and I favor line drawing, such as these, which were done in France.




Avignon Square





There are times of course when a drawing is not completed because of time or interruption.

 On the Riviera


It can still be valuable in creating a finished work.

 sketch and painting

sketch and painting

So, I visit my sketch books from time to time for inspiration.  I realize that I haven’t been sketching as much since I came to Florida.  The issue I think is the weather, humid and buggy.  But, I think I will get back to it.

On a different subject,

a friend sent me the following, reminding me it’s that time of year (again) for us to take our annual senior citizen test. 

Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older,   it’s important to keep mentally alert. If you don’t use it, you lose it!

Below is a very private way to gauge how your memory compares to the last test.
Some may think it is too easy, but the ones with memory problems may have difficulty.

Take the test presented here to determine if you’re losing it or not. The spaces below are so you don’t see the answers until you’ve made your answer.

OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.

1. What do you put in a toaster?





Answer: ‘bread.’ If you said ‘toast’ give up now and do something else … Try not to hurt yourself.
If you said, bread, go to Question 2.

2. Say ‘silk’ five times. Now spell ‘silk.’ What do cows drink?





Answer   : Cows drink water. If you said ‘milk,’ don’t attempt the next question.
Your brain is overstressed and may even overheat..
Content yourself with reading
More appropriate literature such as Auto World.
However, if you said ‘water’, proceed to question 3.


3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks
And a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks,
What is a green house made from? 







Answer : Greenhouses are made from glass.
If you said ‘green bricks,’ why are you still reading these???
If you said ‘glass,’ go on to Question 4.

4. Without using a calculator –

You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales.   In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, 6 people get off the bus and 9 people get on. In Swindon, 2 people get off and 4 get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea, 3 people
get off and 5 people get on..  In Carmarthen, 6 people get off and 3 get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven.

Without scrolling back to review, how old is the bus driver? 








Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!
Don’t you remember your own age?
It was YOU driving the bus!!   (Go back and look!).

If you pass this along to your friends, pray they do better

more to come

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Books by Thomas L. Tribby Available
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Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida


Limited Editions available

Charity Ball

Charity Ball
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The Twist

The Twist
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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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