First of all, let me explain my blog title:
Raleigh - INSIDE&OUT.

If you were born in the old Rex Hospital in the early 50's like I was, you weren't born INSIDE the Beltline. You were just born and lived IN Raleigh. Period.

It wasn't until the early 80's, when the Cliff Benson Beltline was finished that homes and their residents and pets were assigned the titles "Born Inside The Beltline" or "All Those Other People," otherwise known as "Outside The Beltline."

As a result, at the ripe old age of 30-something, I became an Inside The Beltliner through no fault of my own except being born to parents that owned a home on St. Mary's Street.

So, now let me explain what you'll be doing here. You will be following my journey, through sketching and lettering, while I meander Inside and Outside the Beltline.

I'm new at this, so I hope I either give you inspiration to try your hand at it as well, a boost to your ego because you've found someone who's not as good as you are (yet), or at least a good laugh!

In any case, come with me. Be my passenger. And let's enjoy this journey together!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Barn

I was in Lewes, Delaware all last week and was fascinated by this barn. Every time I passed it, I just had to stare at it. Finally had my girlfriends pull over onto the side of the road so that I could cross it in mid-traffic, in the rain, and take photographs...it was a misty, overcast day.

At some point, I will sketch this barn! Thanks to the image I now have to look at whenever I want!


  1. That IS a beautiful, and well-kept, barn. What color is is?

  2. Thanks, Mary! Well the barn is actually all greys. The roof a darker grey than the rest of it. That's how I got the idea to make a greyscale image of it, then drop the color back into the front crop. Then used a depth of field tool to fuzz the edges.