During my walks in the neighborhood, I frequently pass through historical areas where the largest battle in the American Revolutionary War was fought. It is known as the Battle of Long Island and the fighting covered a large area of modern day Brooklyn, including Brooklyn Heights, the Gowanus area, Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetery. The outcome did not favor the Continental Army which suffered over three hundred casualties and a thousand captured, most of whom were imprisoned on British ships moored in Wallabout Bay. The battle was a defeat for our fledgling forces that day, however George Washington and his remaining troops did manage to escape by boat to Manhattan. These on-site sketches are not meant to be a literal representation of those landscapes but speak to the invisible forces of nature that subsist on such hallowed ground.

 "Windy day on Battle Hill, Greenwood Cemetery." custom-made blueberry ink, quill pen and brush on Arches paper. 7"h x 10 1/4"w. 2014

"Windy day on Battle Hill, Greenwood Cemetery." custom-made blueberry ink, quill pen and brush on Arches paper. 7"h x 10 1/4"w. 2014

 "Gowanus Canal." custom-made blueberry ink, quill pen and brush on arches watercolor block. 4" x 9". 2014

"Gowanus Canal." custom-made blueberry ink, quill pen and brush on arches watercolor block. 4" x 9". 2014

 "East river, Brooklyn shore." custom-made blueberry ink on watercolor block with quill pen. 7" x 10 1/4". 2014.

"East river, Brooklyn shore." custom-made blueberry ink on watercolor block with quill pen. 7" x 10 1/4". 2014.

 "Gowanus." custom-made blueberry ink on watercolor block with quill pen. 7" x 10 1/4". 2014.

"Gowanus." custom-made blueberry ink on watercolor block with quill pen. 7" x 10 1/4". 2014.

 "Horizon line; East river." custom-made blueberry inks with quill pen on Arches watercolor block. 4" x 9", 2014.

"Horizon line; East river." custom-made blueberry inks with quill pen on Arches watercolor block. 4" x 9", 2014.