|City Lights Bookstore and Cafe Vesuvio, |
dip pen and ink and watercolor, 9x12in
Sunday, May 19, 2013
|Point Reyes Station Main Street, pigment liner and watercolor, 16x5in.|
Friday, May 17, 2013
|A group of us went to the Berkeley Rose Garden. Inspired by Andie Thrams, we worked with twigs, bamboo pens as well as brushes. I also used walnut ink and watercolor pencils on this sketch of white rose covered trellises|
and the one
Thursday, May 16, 2013
|The Castro, pigment liner and ink |
and watercolor 9x12in.
The Castro Theater is another beautiful historic landmark of the City of San Francisco. It was built in 1922 with a Spanish colonial baroque facade. It took quite some time to draw the building, enough to talk to several people who were very kind to praise my effort.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
|Columbus Tower, dip pen and ink|
and watercolor, 5x16in.
The Columbus tower is a historical landmark of the City of San Francisco.The distinctive copper-green Flatiron style structure is bounded by Columbus Avenue, Kearny Street and Jackson Street. It was finished in 1907.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
They say sport is good for you and so I swim.
Well, I swam. Until I stopped some time back for no particular reason. I like to be active in water. I like that I emerge from the physical activity clean and refreshed rather than sticky and sweaty. Even before taking a shower. Nevertheless, I had stopped swimming for a while but was determined to go back and this was the occasion: A heat wave had hit San Francisco. A perfect trigger to get back in the game. But... it turns out I am not the only one. There are many more out there waiting. And we all think the same. But they are faster. When I arrived it was packed. It wasn't pretty.
This time they won.
But I took revenge.
With a pen :-).
Oliver, your visual flaneur
|Shattuck and Vine, pencil, dip pen and ink and watercolor, 16x5in.|
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
We met in this busy neighborhood on a night when the "Taste of North Berkeley" event was underway. It's a restaurant walk and sampling at 20 various eateries sponsored by the Lions Club to benefit local Community Fund charities. I decided to draw each corner of the intersection, but only had time to complete two.
|The bird was actually there & looked that big.|
|Judith, Jana and Cristina drawing at our meeting spot.|
|These are my neighborhood chickens sketched over a sunny winter's day. I'm impressed with the efforts of urban residents who are raising a variety of beautiful chickens in their back yards.|
Monday, May 6, 2013
|Old St. Mary's, dip pen and ink and watercolor, 14x10in|
Sunday, May 5, 2013
|Teddy Bear Fountain, ink& watercolor, 8x11"|
It was fun sketching Berkeley's 100-year-old Teddy Bear Fountain again. After Cristina and I chose the perfect viewpoint and sat down on the carved stone bench, I pulled out my pen, opened my bag and discovered I'd forgotten my sketchbook! DUH! Fortunately she had an extra a 9x12 watercolor block she let me use.
There was an odd optical illusion; it appeared that the water was only falling behind the fountain so that's how I painted it. I also intentionally shrunk the width of the base of the fountain. The sun was setting when I finished drawing so I added paint at home.
Please see Cristina's comprehensive sketch of the scene here and Cathy's previous sketch now featured on Berkeley Library cards.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
|The Bear Fountain, dip pen and ink,|
colored inks and watercolor, 9x12in.
Friday, May 3, 2013
|Theatre of Dreams, dip pen an ink and watercolors, 9x12in.|
Thursday, May 2, 2013
|Old Car Parts in the Garden, ink & watercolor, 8x11"|
I inherited a bunch of rusty old car parts when I converted the garage (formerly used by my son to restore a 1970 Firebird "muscle" car) into my studio. I thought they were interesting looking "sculptures" and stuck them in my garden, planning to draw them.
It took me a year to get around to it but I finally spent a fun morning sketching them amidst sprouting irises. When I finished, I gave most of them to the my gardener who also collects scrap metal for recycling. I kept the two most interesting pieces as possible still life subjects in the future.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Solano Tunnel (also called the Northbrae Tunnel) is a former electric railroad passageway opened in 1912 and later converted for street use. Cathy and I sketched at the lower (tunnel) level at the interesting intersection of El Dorado Ave, Hopkins St., Henry-turning-into-Sutter St., Del Norte St., and the pedestrian path, Terrace Walk. Jana and Cristina sketched at the upper (fountain) level at Marin Circle. An enthusiastic neighbor emerged from her home just as we were leaving to exclaim over our drawings of her neighborhood.
|The ivy drips down like icicles over the tunnel|
Monday, April 29, 2013
|Oakland Fox Theater, pencil,
dip pen |
and ink and watercolor, 14x10in.
|Okland Fox Theater initial |
pencil drawing, 14x10in.
Friday, April 26, 2013
|El Volado, The Mexican Bus, ink & watercolor, 8x11|
A neighbor I'd never met stopped and chatted. She and her partner are also artists so it was fun to get to know her and her cute dog. But by the time I finished it was starting to get dark so I added the watercolor at home.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
It was not easy to choose which of the pieces to draw, the front of the house and even neighbor houses have installations in their yards. I will call this one "Small Bones Installation after Mark Olivier".
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Not many of us made it out this evening to this small yard overflowing with junk sculptures. Christina did a drawing of a - well, we never did figure out what it was. Here is a mask I drew. It is about 2 feet high. It really didn't look this fierce and scary, but somehow it came out that way.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, located in Asti just south of Cloverdale, stands in a serene landscape of vineyards and mountains. The church was built in 1960 by the agricultural co-op known as the Italian Swiss Colony that produced old world wines. In keeping with the spirit of the colony, wine barrel staves were used to construct the roof and interior wood workings of the church. Its exterior was designed to echo the shape of a wine barrel.
|The Valley Clipper, dip pen and ink and watercolor, 9x12in.|
Sunday, April 21, 2013
|Stinson Beach Main Street, dip pen and ink and watercolor, 16x5in.|