Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has been visiting the US most of this week and I have been following on TV and on websites. Art teachers always tell their students to draw what's in front of you. Done.

Sketching the pope

I have been watching Pope Francis since he arrived in Washington earlier this week. Sketching followed.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sketches @ Jack London Square

Spent a glorious couple of hours at Oakland's Jack London Square near the waterfront. It  was sunny and very warm and people were strolling back and forth at the Sunday Farmers Market. Finding shade was my most important thing I needed to do, that and a place to sit and sketch-the ground gets hard fast, though. I needed my portable chair. I didn't bring it because I like to travel light on my sketching excursions.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Preservation Park

Saturday, August 22: I hooked up with the East Bay Sketchers at Preservation Park in downtown Oakland. Sixteen beautiful old Victorian houses - saved from demolition - inhabit this park. The site includes lush gardens, period park benches and more. Not only does it enable visitors to step back in time, back to the humble beginnings of Oakland, it serves as a venue for meetings and events like weddings. It's also a great place to sketch.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fairyland revisited!

My urban sketching crew totally enjoyed our visit to Fairyland - after closing time. Here we are with smiles on our shiny faces.

An evening at Fairyland!

Thanks to local Urban Sketcher Sonia our sketchers visited Fairyland yesterday evening (August 20). No children were needed! But the little child within all of us were raring to go. Fairyland is - for the uninitiated -  theme park in the middle of Oakland. When it was created in 1948 Disneyland didn't exist, nor cell phones, video games or Nickelodeon or other means of entertainment enjoyed by kids today. According to Fairyland web site - -Walt Disney himself came to check out  little world himself and "incorporated" ideas came for his "magic kingdom." I came upon this whimsical castle and just had to sketch it.