Monday, March 03, 2014


Communicate, acrylic, graphite/ paper.
We studied the technological dichotomy in the smallish Hamlet of Wordsworth, where, flummoxed by a plethora of communication options, residents selected a single carrier for their internet, television, teleporting, and teleprompting services. However, bound by contract to an offshoot of Bell Telephone, they are forced to continue with operator assisted telephone interminably. (For those of you unfamiliar with this service, when a caller lifts the receiver, an operator asks for a number and connects the caller to the callee through a maze of wires and plugs on a switch board.) Wordsworth forwent dial up service in 1959 when interim Mayor, John  'Johnny No Fingers' Bend*, encouraged residents to stay with operator assisted calling.

* Circa 1956, John Bend, then a renowned burglar, tried to erase his fingerprints with an acid bath.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Relocated Bridges

Early Construction Using Timbers and Mud,

West of Blacksmith Rock we stopped to watch as a crowd gathered to rededicate a covered bridge imported by rail from Vermont. The original timbers and planking were being fastened with period nails. Several had fallen into the stream over which the bridge had been installed and we watched as gaggles of youths dove from the banks to retrieve the fasteners. A Labrador hurled himself into the water but ignored his handler’s shrill whistle commands, paddling joyfully around until the event concluded. Several residents noted the activity and began planning an annual event at which a nail hunt would be held. All required services would, of course, be covered by entry fees.

Monday, December 02, 2013


Structure, 2013
Daryl Jenks purchased land jsut west of the South Bay. He plans to tend thyme and rosemary gardens.

Sunday, December 01, 2013


Garage, 2013

Tony's garage, at one time or another, serviced most of the vehicular population of Hornsby Village. Just last weekend, Alba Fenton grazed an oak on rte.43 and rendered a fender unsightly. Harlan, Tony's body man, repaired the damage with such skill that Alba was able to drive to Sunday mass at St. Sebastian's without suffering the multitude of queries a fender such as that would have engendered.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Caligraphic geometry

Lesson, 2012, ed touchette, wc / acrylic

  • Carole investigated the meaning emblazoned on the tomb's entry. She discovered a connection to a civilization that long ago relinquished control of their coastal domain and resettled further inland.

Handwriting on walls

Schematic 2013
Adorned with calligraphy, the walls of St. Jude's represent a reasonable communication within and without.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Library Shelves

At Wendell's Barn
While visiting the library, I discovered several books. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Later That Year

Beyond, ed touchette 2012
walnut ink, watercolor, acrylic, graphite/ 140lb. CP
The Colossus of Wrents opened onto a field of aqua and azure. The monument, intended as an intimidation to those who might wander beyond the bounds of the village, nonetheless enticed cerebral meanderings. The structure was razed to allow parking for automobiles and SUVs in support of a nearby mall. Trends being just that ensured the mall’s demise and the sheep returned to graze on the grasses that soon replaced the pavement.