Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Today marks the third week since I broke my wrist and changed my life, temporarily. Luckily I didn't break the other wrist which is my dominant hand. Despite that dominance thing, however, daily life has been turned upside down. I learned that I can't cut an orange which of course meant I had to eat that slice of cake sitting in the icebox. Darn!
I can't drive - doctor's orders. I can't work - my bosses orders. It isn't all bad, in fact I can catch up on my reading, spend more time with my cats and sketch. So
I'll try to document this journey in my sketchbooks. And try to remember to post the drawings here.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
My sketchcrawl group met at Brennan's in Berkeley last night (Oct. 22). Brennan's is a sports bar. Cathy, another sketcher, suggested this venue especially since the SF Giants were playing in the World Series. There was a big crowd watching several of the TV's. At the beginning folks were shouting and their approval as they watched their Beloved Team. Soon the frenzy subsided. Damn those KC Royals!
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Today I had a number of sketching opportunities to choose from so my stomach took the lead - the Eat Real Festival @Jack London Square. Food trucks galore - everything from jam to jambalaya and more. I had a tasty crab cake slider which was delish then did some sketching and as I was leaving I had to join the line leading to the gelato. I went home with a happy tummy.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Thursday evening the Sketchers and I went to the Pallet Store. I'm not sure about the name but it was funky place where people came to buy old stuff - from sewing machines to uh... There was stuff there I could not name. Knick knacks from the 50s or 60s? A dream come true for a sketcher because all these things were inside a dark building. Too many things to sketch. So what did I find? An old gas can, bicycle tires and a cat in the box. I couldn't resist.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Today the kitties marked their 4th week of life,however, it was a rather bittersweet time because Tim's and Tom's sister died suddenly. I rushed these two and their mom, Ruby, to the vet not knowing how this Little Kitty died. Apparently this is not uncommon in the feline world. Babies can just die like that. Though her time with us was short, Little Kitty - who was developing into a feisty little thing - was loved and will be remembered.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
That changed after my mother died in 2009. When she was in the hospital I think I sketched everything in her room except the bedpan. Part of my New Normal Life has been about getting out of the house and going somewhere to draw. Some weeks later as I surfed the internet art communities I heard about a group of people - urban sketchers - who met up and went out regularly to sketch. For some reason this socially anxious woman was intrigued and decided to give it a try. I had been attending Sketchcrawls where I started talking to a local artist/teacher and found out about her urban sketch group. I was scared but decided if I am ever going to bring some art in my life before I die I''d better do it now.
I've been roaming throughout the East Bay in urban sketcher mode now for three or four years. I took an even bigger step - a leap if you will - when I traveled all the way to Washington state last year to attend an urban sketcher workshop. I met and talked to new people, -- well they usually talked and I listened. But I was getting a lot better at small talk. So I soaked in all the information at the workshop and built a small library of books on urban sketching. I didn't think about myself as an artist - I didn't go to art school but attended classes offered at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. I just wanted to see where this drawing thing I have will take me.
For the past month it took me to an online art course called Sketchbook Skool. Six very experienced artists shared their tips and techniques in another area of art that seems interesting to me - illustrated journaling. So I will be including some of my homework from SBS - like the Tommy Kane inspired sketches above - on this blog in addition to my urban sketching.
Maybe I'll find my own style. Maybe I've found something to fill the big void in my life following my mom's death. All I know is the more I draw, the better I feel.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
The Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland hosted a memorial service on the 5th anniversary of the day four law enforcement officers were shot and killed. Not only did a number of police come to the Cathedral, local media did as well.
Friday, March 14, 2014
"The City Club is known for its steel-reinforced concrete walls (artfully fashioned to look like wood), leaded glass windows, interior courtyards and magnificent indoor swimming pool. This building is a blend of Romanesque and Moorish styles of architecture common to the areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea."