Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
|We got there early as the trucks were setting up.|
|Eventually, LOTS of people arrived and settled in for the day.|
|Al fresco yoga sessions at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.|
Friday, August 15, 2014
|Yo-Yo Ma at the Greek Theater, pen and ink, watercolor and digital darkening, 16x5in.|
Monday, August 11, 2014
|H20-proof ink, watercolor, water-soluble marker|
While the other sketchers settled down out front with journals, inks and watercolors, I sought the rear garden of the more contemporary of the two civic center buildings in Emeryville. The two vastly different architectural styles of the old building and the new building aren't very complementary.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Our open sketch night was in Emeryville, and the civic center, with it's old and new city hall was our subject. I've passed this structure in many a day and the sketcher in me definitely wanted to sketch this. I was fortunate to be sketching with Cristina, a fabulous artist.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
|Emeryville, dip pen and ink and watercolor, 24x9in.|
Thursday, August 7, 2014
We met at Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe across from the City Hall at Hollis and Park. Here's the cafe's philosophy, as explained on their website: "At Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe, we consider everyone to be Rudy. We are all Rudy and this is everyone's place."tRudy Can’t Fail Cafe we consider everyone to be Rudy. We are all Rudy and this is everyone’s place. At Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe we consider everyone to be Rudy. We are all Rudy and this is everyone’s place.
|Open since 2002|
|Completed in 1903|
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
|Old tricycle atop lobby fireplace, reminiscent of trike in movie|
The Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King's book, The Shining, although the Stanley Kubrick movie of the same name wasn't filmed at this hotel. King allegedly wrote the story after spending a night in room 217 during an extended hotel closure in 1974.
Paranormal rumors attract carloads of tourists to the hotel. They pay to wander the halls snapping photos, attending hotel-run ghost tours and listening to apocryphal phantom encounters related by the hotel's young, overly-dramatic summer employees. Kubrick's movie replays endlessly on one of the hotel's television channels.
I may seem a skeptic, but there's no explanation for the big-toe-squeeze that woke me in the wee hours of my first night in room 248.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
|Opened in 1915|
|This burger joint at the triangle where 3 streets intersect was originally a train station, later a gas station and then several different types of restaurant.|
|Apts. built in the 1920s as an imitation French village.|
Sunday, July 27, 2014
|San Francisco Symphony Chamber musicians played Dvorak and Shostakovich on a warm, Sunday afternoon. Hated to go indoors on such a fabulous day, but the concert was wonderful. |
|San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series|
|The U.C. Botanical Garden's Bastille Day concert, performed outdoors in the Redwood Grove amphitheater, WPA-built in the 1930's. Sweet Parisian melodies on a warm summer night.|
|Rachel Durling & Big Lou of The Baguette Quartette|
|French Gypsy Jazz performed on stringed instruments as the setting sun peeked thru the redwood trees.|
|Le Jazz Hot a.k.a. The Hot Club of San Francisco|
Saturday, July 26, 2014
|I had to try to sketch Old Faithful!|
|Geyser fields, crisscrossed with elevated paths, and visitors disappear in the mists.|
|IPads were ubiquitous throughout the parks.|
|The dazzling Grand Prismatic Spring.|
|Mt. Moran is named after the artist whose paintings influenced the designation of Yellowstone National Park.|
|Antler chandeliers at Flagg Ranch just outside the Grand Tetons.|
|Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (~1970), an art installation constructed in Salt Lake, |
emerges after being underwater for years.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
|Friday night "Portrait Party" at a downtown pub.|
|Some of the Portland USK group.|
|Saturday at the Park Blocks, encompassing the campus of Portland State U. . .|
|. . . the Saturday Farm Market. . .|
|. . . meeting place at the statue of Teddy Roosevelt. . .|
|. . . and another monumental sculpture overlooking an activity of the "World Domination Summit" taking place at the same time as our Sketchcrawl!|