Fenway Frank

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Sketchbook Project, travels | 1 comment

Frank is our former neighbor in San Francisco, a dedicated baseball fan, and freshly retired. He’s also a good sport: he let me use his face in this collage I created for St. Martin’s Press awhile back. That’s him with the chopsticks.


We lived next door for nearly four years, yet I learned a new fact during his recent visit to Maine: his full name is Franklin, born of the custom of Chinese mothers in his Bay Area neighborhood to name their sons after American presidents. Wonder if there was a Calvin….

During a 2006 return to San Francisco, he brought us to a Giants game, our first visit to the new ballpark.


I’ve split my loyalties between the Giants and the Sox. While watching a game, I sketched in my 2011 Sketchbook Project, smitten with Tim Lincecum.


Romo was a must when I made beards my theme for my 2014 Sketchbook Project.


Frank’s mission during his visit East was to visit Fenway. We sailed down to Boston on a clear day, and circled the park in all it’s hurley-blurley glory before the game.


The game was uneventful, maybe because both these guys were on the DL list.



Yet Fenway delivered a mighty SCORE for Frank.


We sailed back to Peaks Island under a full moon, with Monster memories.


He traveled to Yankee Stadium next, and to a Letterman taping. Fare thee well, Fenway Frank! Here’s to old friends singing Sweet Caroline.

And guess WHAT? The Sketchbook Project is coming to Portland, Maine! On October 2. I will hold my Beard Up sketchbook once again, along with a truckload of others from all over the world. Come join me!


One Comment

  1. Love how you capture life and love and heart beats and weave it into your art… No wonder your work is so alive and always makes me feel happy when I see it. Thanks so much for sharing your inner work as well as your outer work!

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