Wednesday, June 20, 2012

at Oakland's Lake Merritt

Earlier this month I joined my Tuesday evening sketching group at Lake Merritt. We were actually sketching at the beautiful restaurant, the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill on the Lakeside Drive side. Talk about a picturesque setting!!! There were so many interesting subjects to sketch I didn't know where to start! The restaurant hovering gently over the lake, diners sitting at tables on the deck surrounded by water, people walking on the nearby trial.  But what caught my eye was a gondola gliding on the lake. So I followed it, somehow managing to put some images in my sketchbook. And of course I couldn't resist sketching the geese near the shore. (And yes the water appeared more green than blue to me.)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Oakland Municipal Rose Garden

I joined another group of sketchers on June 2 whom I found on I had never been to the Oakland Municipal Garden - and I am a longtime Oaktown resident! It took me about an hour just to find it and another hour to find a parking place. Unfortunately I only met one other sketcher from the group. Tired of walking and looking I found a bench in the shade and sketched this little scene. That's probably more than you needed to know...right?