Sunday, December 8, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
|Spengers: Taxidermy marlin in the dining room|
A Berkeley institution, Spenger’s began as a clam stand in its current location in 1890. Legend has it that by the 1950s, Spenger’s served 3,500 pounds of fish daily, more than any other restaurant west of the Mississippi. Clark Gable, Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe and many less famous California patrons made Spenger’s one of the East Bay’s most popular eateries.
It remained a family-owned restaurant for three generations. Buddy Spenger Jr., last of the dynasty, managed Spenger’s for 58 years until its purchase by an Oregon corporation in 1998. Buddy died of natural causes at age 87 in the apartment where he was raised, above the restaurant.
All that remains of the legend is the decoration: the restaurant is still a teak-walled museum of nautical paraphernalia, model ships and taxidermy fish and mammals. I drew the giant taxidermy marlin in the dining room and an old wooden sign in the bar.
|Tilden Carousel Animals|
Built in 1911, the carousel was installed at Tilden Park in 1948 after service at amusement parks in San Bernardino, San Diego and Los Angeles. One of the few antique carousels left in the country, it is on the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of places worthy of preservation.
|More Tilden Carousel Animals|
Sunday, December 1, 2013
|We also travelled around town one day. I loved the water taxis!|
|The horses were all decked out.|
|While hiking the Freedom Trail, we took a break at the Brewer Fountain. Someone had placed a red apple on one of the figures' lap. |
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
|Plaza Francia, dip pen and ink and watercolor, 9x12in.|
Thursday, November 14, 2013
|Empress Hornblower at Sunset, ink and watercolor, 5×7 in|
Before "ecology" and "global warming" were common words, cities dumped their garbage, old cars, construction rubble, etc. in the San Francisco Bay. As they filled in the bay with garbage, they created new land on which they built housing, freeways, and, when they finally closed the dump, parks and hotels.
While the America's Cup was happening this summer on San Francisco Bay, the organizers invited artists to spend the day painting the race boats, the owner's yachts, and the Cup Village that was perfectly located between Coit Tower and the bay.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Looking for a little creative lift? Look no farther than South A Street (SOFA) in Santa Rosa. This quirky, burgeoning arts and culture district is home to a number of art galleries, artist studios, bakeries, and artisan restaurants. Check out Spinster Sisters for brunch and have a Croque Monsieur or Rancho Gordo Bean Tostadas. Then head over to Undercover Baking Agency for a sweet treat and americano coffee. Art galleries round out the afternoon with local artists satisfying most art lover’s appetite.
|World News on Clark Kerr Campus, ink and watercolor, 7x5 in|
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
At my summer workshop with Dalvero Academy we drew at all the Disney Parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom (see previous post). And in each park we drew people, people, people!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
|Catedral de San Isidro, dip pen and ink and watercolor, 9x12in.|
Monday, November 4, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
|Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is based on indigenous beliefs going back thousands of years in Meso-American cultures. Today the celebrations focus on family and friends remembering those who have passed. Micaela and I visited this year's events in Oakland's Fruitvale Village (please see her previous post). The place was redolent of marigolds wrapped around the light poles and placed in alters. Papel picado (cut tissue papers) banners draped at the entrances of the vendors' tents. I couldn't sketch quickly enough to do the Aztec dancers justice; they were amazing as they danced in the corridor bisecting the booths.|
We visited Dia de los muertos festival by the Fruitvale BART station. Lots of inexpensive, greasy food, cheap toys, not-so-cheap trinkets and painted skulls of all sorts including edible...our friend Sonia sketched the Aztec dancers, we both sketched some bald mannequins sporting floral headwear and a tent with plastic "papel" picados, and the crowd. With one exception, I added the crowd later.
|Near the plaza-entrance from the BART station|
|one of the bald mannequins with magenta flowers and black veil|
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
|Spring flowers, pigment liner and watercolor, 16x5in.|