Saturday, July 4, 2015

Summertime at the County Fair

All the right things: corn dogs, cotton candy, giant lemons, carnival rides and games, and the 4H. At The Sdan Mateo County Fair!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Good By Oscar's

Oscar's served so many Berkeley students over the years., including friends. I'm glad we could  pay respect to this local landmark by sketching it before it is gone. Please see other sketches in this blog and on Facebook.

Oscar"s Since 1950

We did burgers and sketches last night at Oscar's. See Micaela's post below.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tennis Players and Courts

We spent a beautiful summer evening at the Berkeley Tennis Club. From the deck we sketched the players, the courts and the Claremont Hotel. The club was founded in 1906 and was originally located on Hillegass Avenue. In 1917, the Club moved to its present site at One Tunnel Road right below the Claremont.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Solstice celebrated with new music

The Chapel of the Chimes & Chapel of Memories is a maze of human-scaled, tiny to towering rooms, many hosting a musician or musicians for this annual fest. I have heard of this event but this was the first time I attended. It's a lovely building which was added on to over the years in an intriguing and graceful way.

Summer Solstice at the Chapel of the Chimes

"Garden of Memory" is an incredible annual event that you should not miss--a walk-through concert to celebrate the summer solstice at the Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes, an Oakland Historic Landmark building.  A crematory and columbarium, the chapel is "a haven of peace and tranquility with an innovative array of gardens, cloisters, alcoves, stairwells, fountains and chapels" filled, for this event, with creative avant garde and experimental musicians.  The audience is free to wander and enjoy.  The evening ended with a communal bell ringing at sunset.  Thank you, founder Sarah Cahill and the sponsoring organization, New Music Bay Area.

People strolled, sat on benches and even leaned on statues  while enjoying the  music.

Henry Kaiser on guitar while Brenda Gale painted and then hung her  work on the wall behind.

In the Chimes Chapel waiting for  the a cappella group, Kitka, to perform

Playing the film music of Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone on the outdoor terrace.
Drummer John Hanes

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Oakland Celebrates!

It was all yellow and blue in downtown Oakland for the Warriors NBA Champions Parade! Huge crowd to cheer the team that won the first title in 40 years.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Piedmont Stroll

Last Thursday our group went to the Piedmont Stroll. There were several musical venues, but I focused sketching the Emeryville Taiko (and their appreciative audience picnicking above). I had to also include the guitarist who played in-between sets.

Post from Siena

Dear group. I am going to post these two last sketches before definitely moving to USK Italy. I have enjoyed sketching with you. It was a delight to be part of the group. Continue posting your beautiful drawings, I will follow! Thank you very much for your warm spirit and your openess for sharing.

Siena, Piazza del Campo, dip pen and ink and watercolor
Duomo di Siena, dip pen and ink and watercolor.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Downtown Geyserville

Geyserville is an unincorporated community just north of Healdsburg, CA. Its main drag, Geyserville Ave, is lined with shops, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms, making it an ideal place for sketch artists and wine tasters alike. After meeting for coffee at Geyserville Mud, followed by a couple of hours sketching, our group dropped into Diavola Restaurant. Here we enjoyed Neapolitan style pizza, a variety of seasonal salads, and cold drinks to round out a great day of sketching on a hot spring afternoon.

Kyoto Sketches Part 3

These are spreads from my small Moleskine sketchbook done on my trip to Kyoto in April.