Wednesday, October 26, 2011
With the days getting shorter and the evenings darker, my Tuesday sketching group has started to find indoor locations where we can do what we do. So last night (Oct. 25) we took our sketch pads to a pet store (Petco) at the El Cerrito Plaza. Despite arriving late I got into the groove quite easily and ended up with three sketches that I actually colored at the store with paints in an formerly empty Altoids box. (I usually add color when I return home.) I'm only posting two pictures, though, because my inner critic told me to.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
OK, I have been a little derelict in updating this blog. Here finally is the new stuff!!!
|I'm at a funeral and sketching the back of people's heads. I was attentive, but I needed to do something instead of crying.|
|I did this quick sketch (of trees) during my lunch break. (sigh!)|
|Sorry for all the mess, but I was trying to sketch while on a BART train to San Francisco (10/2/11). What a challenge, I had to work fast before my models reach their destinations.|
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I joined the sketching group at the Monterey Market last night (August 16). I only managed to do two sketches because we only had about 30 minutes to sketch. The market closed at 7 p.m. The market is in north Berkeley -- a part of Berkeley I'm starting to see more of thanks to being part of this group.
Monday, July 18, 2011
I had a serious appetite problem a few months back -- I barely ate and it showed. So gradually I've been hard at work finding food I like to eat and then eating it. (I often can't finish a meal on the spot, so that's why God created take-out boxes.) :) I did enjoy this breakfast at Oakland's Rolling Dunes restaurant last Friday (July 15) with friends, Anne and Carol. There was enough left for the next morning! YUM!!!
|On July 10 I attended the Temescal Street Fair in Oakland's Temescal District and tried my hand at illustrating the event. An awesome group was on stage belting out soul music and at the risk of hearing loss I managed to put what I saw on paper.|
Although I haven't updated this blog recently, I am still sketching. A few of my sketches were not post-able, but I found a few that I can live with. Earlier this month I was at Jack London Square in Oakland and decided to sketch Jack's own cabin
Thursday, May 19, 2011
In late April my sketch group went to The Pub in Berkeley. This was an interesting place, the people, the furnishings, the atmosphere. I wasn't in the mood for a beer, I had so much to draw and so little time. These folks sat talking to one another this evening so I managed to sketch this scene.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
For the first time in a long time I attended a Sketchcrawl -- the 31st. A sketchcrawl is a drawing marathon and open to anyone who wants to draw or sketch or paint in the company of others for most of the day. These "crawls" take place in cities and towns all over the world. I joined a group in San Francisco and we walked and sketched and painted our way around the Mission District. Happily I even met up with a couple of members from the Tuesday Night Sketch Group. I brought my pens, pencils and watercolors along for the ride. I hung out for most of the day at Dolores Park. My sketchcrawl began with a quick sketch on the BART train and ended with the pencil drawing of a wonderful tree that beckoned me. I enjoy drawing trees -- they don't move around like people or animals!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
It was a stormy Saturday morning and normally would be home curled up with my computer. Instead I took myself to Sagrada, a store in the Temescal district of Oakland that sells all kinds of books, jewelry, rosaries and other items that involve spirituality, meditation and religion. The owners were nice enough to let me draw there. This is the result -- a drawing of two figures (representing the Blessed Mother Mary) sitting atop a bookcase.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I rejoined the sketching group on Feb. 22 after a brief hiatus. The gathering spot was a cool place called Fat Apple's Restaurant and Bakery. I didn't eat, I bought a tall and refreshing glass of lemonade. And yes, keeping with the lemon theme, I bought a lemon bar to take home.