I never was very disciplined about carrying a sketchbook, hence the newsprint drawings.

But while on vacation, I do carry a small pad and a ball point pen in my back pocket.

It's not meant to document everything I see as much as it's there to fill up down time.

I would never impose on my family to sit and wait for me to draw, but rather I would break it out while we were waiting for a plane, sitting on a train, souvenir shopping, looking at art in a museum, or stopping to use the restroom.

They're done quickly, most in a minute or two.

When added to the hundreds of photos, countless little pieces of paper, receipts and Donna's journal, it bring the memories flooding back..

This year was a special vacation. Donna and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.

Andrew just finished his undergraduate degree and Alyssa her second year at Rutgers, so I don't know when, if ever, we will get a chance to all travel like this together.

We laughed a lot, drank and ate a lot, walked a lot, saw so much history and art, and absorbed the atmosphere and culture of Rome, Florence, and Capri.

Ten days I'll always remember.


  1. Pat
    June 2, 2010 -

    Hi Larry, These back pocket drawings have a light airy feel to them. Better than a photograph. I like them!

  2. Julie
    June 2, 2010 -

    Love these -- especially since they capture a special time (and place) with your family. Makes me want to dig out a circa 1980 sketchbook that captures what you get when you take 2 friends (straight out of college) + a three month Eurail Pass it equals priceless memories.

  3. Veronica Lawlor
    June 2, 2010 -

    Hi Larry, these are great! Looks like it was a fun trip to Rome with your family. I especially love the little old Italian woman in black at the fountain. And of course, ice cream at Piazza Navona! - Ronnie

  4. Mike
    June 2, 2010 -

    These are inspiring! I am going to make a real effort to do more sketching. Thank you for posting these.

  5. June 2, 2010 -

    These are great, Larry! Love your sketches!! Hope you had a wonderful trip. Rome--sigh.

  6. June 3, 2010 -

    These are wonderful Larry, sounds like a great time. Congrats to Andrew.

  7. June 3, 2010 -

    Thanks Pat, Julie, Ronnie, Mike, Sue and Steve. ...and Donna for a the twenty five wonderful years!

  8. Z
    June 9, 2010 -

    Your lyrical sketches are so fresh and full of spontaneity and enthusiasm and personality. I also love the accompanying verbal sketch.

  9. June 9, 2010 -

    Thanks Z.