Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The Armchair Tourist - Bound for Boston

It seems like forever since I last blogged although it has only been just over a week.  Time has just gotten away from me since we got back from Skye.  I still haven't done any new artwork since completing the sketchbook project although I have a million sources of inspiration to draw from (pun intended) if I can ever manage to motivate myself and/or find time.

I did print off 30 greetings cards (5 each of 6 different designs) and took them up to Assisi Animal Sanctuary for them to sell at the weekend so hopefully they might be able to make some money from those.

Anyway,  I did a post a couple of weeks ago called the Armchair Tourist - Roussillon and mentioned that I might make it a regular spot, using paintings of places I haven't been to as an illustration and with some useful/useless bits of information about the place which might inspire me and/or you to go there at some point in the future.

This week's hot spot is actually a wee bit of a cheat as I have been there before, twice in fact, but I didn't take the photo I used as inspiration to paint from and it's been 11 years since I was there so it has probably changed so much I would need to go back again anyway!

So, things I know about Boston (and things I have gleaned from Google!)

  • It is the largest and capital city of the state of Massachussetts.
  • It was the location for serveral major events during the American Revolution including the Boston Tea Party - which I learnt was not actually an Alice in Wonderland style tea party at all but rather was when a group of colonists boarded ships full of tea and threw it all into Boston Harbour after officials refused to return the taxed tea to Britain.
  • I spent Millennium Eve in Boston (more specifically a town not far from the city called Hull) - although this was not as exciting as it sounds as I had the flu and missed all the celebrations trying to sleep it off - I wasn't even awake to see the ball drop!
  • The pub that inspired the setting of the 80s sitcom Cheers is located on Beacon Street in Boston. The sign outside was used in the opening credits of the show.
  • It was home to one of my favourite 90s TV shows - Ally McBeal - the building
    used for exterior shots of the law firm is also located on Beacon Street!
  • Locals say things like 'wicked pisser' (pronounced pissah) which apparently means something that is either really amazing or really rubbish depending on the way in which it is said!

Credit: Kimber Butler from
Next week, we're heading down under and after that I'm all out of sketchbook project paintings and will have to actually start painting something new!!


  1. We spent the millennium New Year in New Orleans - and that was as exciting as it sounds ;)

    The husband has been to Boston twice for business trips and brought me back postcards from MIT and CHEERS bar glasses - he says the traffic is AWFUL which, as we hail from Chicago - home to some of the worst traffic on earth, is saying quite a bit! I hope to view the East coast one day, it would be nice to see a bit of America that was developed before the 20th century!

  2. I like your Boston painting quite a lot. The view is somewhat similar, actually very much alike, the view I have here in Chicago when coming back from a walk along the lakefront. I live in one of those tall buildings next to the lake. Your sunset colors are beautiful!

  3. Drama Mama, I would love to go to New Orleans - I can only imagine how amazing it would've been to spend New Years there and especially a biggie like the milliennium eve! As for the traffic in Boston - I genuinely can't remember as 1) it was so long ago and 2) I didn't do any driving myself while I was there. I do remember that the locals in Hull didn't think anything of getting in their cars after a night in the local bar which I found a bit worrying but everyone looked at you like you were mad if you suggested walking anywhere over there!!

    Alex, thank you so much for your kind words. I was actually supposed to spend a whole summer in Chicago on an exchange programme when I was 14 but I broke my leg at the start of the summer and spent 12 weeks in a plaster cast instead - always been gutted I missed out on that. Maybe someday I can tick the Windy City of my list too!

  4. Hi Nicola,

    I like your Boston painting. The orange sky is beautiful.

    I seem to remember a book I read a long time ago called the armchair tourist or traveler or something like that. Anyway, I like your idea.

  5. Hi Nicola, I like the painting that you did. I recognize the photo. :) Glad that you were able to use it. Nice idea on the armchair tourist. Are you still painting?

    Catch you on paint my photo. Happy travels.....
    Take care,
    Kimber Butler

    1. Hi Kimber, gosh this post seems so long ago! Yes, thanks for the photo inspiration-I do love paint my photo! Still painting a lot, mostly animals and raindrops these days!


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