Thursday, August 27, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
|The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland|
Who wouldn't want to re-visit Children's Fairyland in Oakland years later as an adult? Our sketching group got that chance August 20 after hours. Everything was, of course, smaller but I can remember how happy a place it is. Especially for someone about three-feet tall. There was Lucky the dragon with his fearless smile, Willie the whale, the little boot that kids still walk through to enter this whimsical place. When I came upon a castle, I had to sketch it!
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Local animal inhabitants -- pronghorn sheep, foxes, deer, coyotes -- are being evicted as open range diminishes. Prolific rabbits and ground squirrels are threats to manicured gardens and are poisoned, which also kills the foxes, coyotes and birds of prey who eat the dying rodents. On this morning I was the only person walking here, and a chorus of ground squirrels popped out of holes and admonished me to go away.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
|Yes, it is an Elvis statue at the Kelvingrove.|
|The statue of the Duke of Wellington often has an orange traffic cone on his head.|
|The Kibble Palace in the Glasgow Botanic Garden.|
Saturday, July 25, 2015
|Agave americana v. medio-picta|
Every July, the garden becomes an outdoor art gallery where sculptures complement and contrast the plants.
Read about centenarian Ruth Bancroft and the history of her garden here:
|'A Moment of Zen', manzanita wood, ceramic and steel|
Friday, July 24, 2015
|Swimming fish, metallic spiders and other critters clustered underneath the Blue Oak.|
|Down the path were the sculptural cacti. Please see previous sketches.|
Attended an enjoyable Randy Sexton oil painting demo in Crockett recently. Compared to watercolor, how different oil painting appears to be . . . add a dark paint or a light paint whenever and wherever you wish! Don't like it? Scrape it right off! I wandered the streets of Crockett longing to butter a canvas with oils!
Watercolor painting, on the other hand, demands a progression from light to dark. My every daub is visible for all eternity! BUT watercolors are also compact and lightweight and I carry my watercolor satchel everywhere, even on four-mile hikes! I'm sticking with watercolor. (I can still try oil paints at home, right?)
Thursday, July 23, 2015
"In the spring of 1995, an abandoned lot adjacent to King Middle School was designated as the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley garden site. Landscape architects, chefs, gardeners, and teachers were invited to share their vision of a garden where students would participate in hands-on learning. Nineteen years later, the acre of land is lush with seasonal vegetables, herbs, vines, berries, flowers, and fruit trees. Teachers and the garden staff work together to link garden experiences with students’ science and humanities lessons for truly integrated experiential learning." (From the website http://edibleschoolyard.org/Berkeley)
|Masses of dahlias in the summer evening light|
|Artichokes in the garden|
|Drawing of the outdoor kitchen from 2014|
|Another view in Autumn 2013|
Sunday, July 19, 2015
|Two statues amidst the large plants (with a photo of Ms. Bancroft gardening)|
Monday, July 13, 2015
|Micaela sketching next to two of the four large installations.|
|Judith sketching the sculpted heads in relief against low wall surrounding the plaza.|
Outside I added colors that I had noted on the sketches. Then came the challenge, we tried to paint the garden of the museum like Turner would have painted it. Not so easy!
After these attempts I went back through the show with a new appreciation of Turner's work and saw the same paintings quite differently! It was a great way to really "see" the show.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
|Crockett's main drag, view from deli, ink and watercolor 10x8 in|