Category: Country Mouse

Sunflower, sundownGalena, KS

Route 66 sketch by Chandler O'Leary

This post is part of an ongoing series called 66 Fridays, which explores the wonders of old Route 66. Click on the preceding “66 Fridays” link to view all posts in the series, or visit the initial overview post here. Logically, if you were to plan a trip from Chicago to Los Angeles, the shortest… More

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Cave paintingsCarlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Well, I might not have had the chance to tour Meramec Caverns, but I got to tour the everloving snot out of Carlsbad Caverns—and I have the bursting sketchbook to prove it. We were there in the “wrong” season—that is, not the time of year for bat-watching. But it didn’t matter: I figured the cave… More

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Farm to marketingPontiac, IL; Stanton, MO; Chandler, OK

Route 66 sketch by Chandler O'Leary

This post is part of an ongoing series called 66 Fridays, which explores the wonders of old Route 66. Click on the preceding “66 Fridays” link to view all posts in the series, or visit the initial overview post here. One of the most well-known—and most-hyped—tourist traps along Route 66 are the Meramec Caverns. Whether… More

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Frozen desertArches National Park, near Moab, UT

Arches National Park sketch by Chandler O'Leary

In my humble opinion, the absolute best time to visit Arches is in the winter. Sure, you’ll have to wrap up extra warm (it barely got above zero degrees F during the day!), and if you’re sketching, you’ll have to think ahead to keep your paints from freezing. But the rewards far outweigh any annoyances…. More

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Sunset sentinelPort Bolivar, TX

Pt. Bolivar Lighthouse sketch by Chandler O'Leary

When Mary-Alice and I drove across Texas together last year, we knew our stop for this night would be somewhere around Houston. Neither of us fancied slogging through an enormous, unfamiliar city at rush hour, so from the passenger seat I pulled out the map to see if I couldn’t find an alternative. What I… More

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Mother Road, mother lodeRoute 66

Route 66 sketch map by Chandler O'Leary

Last summer the Tailor and I spent a couple of weeks traveling every inch of old Route 66. And then I kept pretty quiet about it, because I just had no idea how to organize and share the sheer number of sketches and stories I came away with afterward. There really is no “long story… More

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Through the rear-view mirror

Sketch map by Chandler O'Leary

Since the year is about to end, I figured it was the perfect time to look back and see how far I’ve come this year. I did all my traveling in the first two-thirds of the year (the last third saw me stuck in the studio and chained to big projects and their deadlines, hence… More

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Mission: AccomplishedSonoma, CA

Mission San Francisco Solano sketch by Chandler O'Leary

This is the twenty-first and final installment of my Mission Mondays series, exploring all 21 Spanish Missions along the California coast. You can read more about this series, and see a sketch map of all the missions, at this post. Here we are, at long last! The very last California mission, in all its (understated)… More

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Suburban pilgrimageFremont, CA

Mission San Jose sketch by Chandler O'Leary

This is the eighteenth installment of my Mission Mondays series, exploring all 21 Spanish Missions along the California coast. You can read more about this series, and see a sketch map of all the missions, at this post. This place might be a little confusing if you let yourself get tripped up by the name…. More

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