Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Women Musicians, Garden of Memory 2016

Garden of Memory 2016

The annual summer solstice concert at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland did not disappoint this year.  It begins at 5 p.m. and ends spectacularly with an audience participation bell-ringing at sunset.  In between, scores of incredible musicians give simultaneous performances in the chapels, crypts, balconies, hallways, and gardens of the majestic multilevel building.

Playing pieces she commissioned for the unique altered tuning of her cello.

A few members of the beloved local Eastern European music group, celebrating its 37th season.

Media artist (voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound, and video), creating layers of intriguing complexity

A long line formed to play the Theremin with a Mills Music Professor

Monday, June 20, 2016

Getting To Yosemite Before the Obamas

I think maybe the First Family heard what a great time I had in Yosemite last month and deciced to see it for themselves! After our 4 years of drought last winter's snow really filled the falls. You could hear Yosemite Falls pounding down from anywhere in the valley. Meadows and trees were green green green. Perfect  subjects and weather to be sketched and photographed.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Indian Rock Park

You can see all three north bay bridges from the top of Indian Rock Park in northeast Berkeley, one block from the Marin Circle.  Many people come here to watch the sunset and others to practice climbing techniques on the volcanic rock formations.  Environmental activist David Brower and famous nature photographer Galen Rowell both developed their mountaineering skills here.

Cathy sketching the view of the Bay Bridge and SF skyline

Getting ready to climb

Climbers coaching each other

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Claremont Diner

We are so happy that the Claremont Diner is open again with spruced up conic red stools and black/white tiles floors. The menu retains the classics, but adds some new tasty dishes. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

First Friday Oakland Art Museum - Food trucks, music, singers, dancers.....

A brightly colored graffiti-like Food Truck "Pelican Po-Boys"

Woman listening to jazz & juxtaposition of Cupcake Philosophy

San Francisco MOMA Opens

What started as an addition to display 1,100 artworks on loan from the Fisher family has ended up with more than 4,000 new works in the largest modern and contemporary art museum in America and the largest museum of any kind in Northern California, as measured by gallery space.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopened May 14, 2016, after being closed for three years of expansion. When it does, it will have seven floors of exhibition space, and one of those floors, the fourth, is larger than all five floors from the original building designed by Mario Botta that opened 20 years ago.

The addition and the public spaces are wonderful. A must visit for anyone coming to San Francisco.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday Nights at OMCA

Every friday night at the Oakland Museum of California:  music, food trucks, family activities, and access to museum exhibits.  A great exercise in sketching crowds with a terrific ongoing soundtrack.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Bird-Life at "Your Basic Bird"

"Balboa" (Just Visiting) I like apples, anything green.

"Poppy" eating....

"Shaka" the macaw...

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Buslab

Located in Berkeley the Buslab services the iconic VW bus, Vanagon, or any air-cooled Volkswagon. As they say: We’ve (almost) seen it all! The shop, yard and surrounding streets full of anywhere from 20 to 30 models. A great place to sketch.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Feathered Friends

This week we sketched at Your Basic Bird, an institution in the Elmwood district of Berkeley for decades.  While Claudia and the knowledgeable staff gave advice to customers and clipped the birds' toenails, we drew.  Birds are surprisingly good models!

Colored pencil

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens is a city park in Santa Rosa, California that contains the former home, greenhouse, gardens, and grave of noted American horticulturist Luther Burbank. Born in Lancaster, Massachusetts, he spent most of his life in Santa Rosa. It was here that he did most of his plant-breeding experiments. Plum trees, a common crop back in the early 1900’s, were one of his specialties and he introduced over 800 new variety of plants in his lifetime.
This was sketched last weekend with my sketch group Ready, Set, Sketch! I used Ink and watercolor in a hand-made sketchbook.