Sunday, November 28, 2010

Claremont Hotel Holiday Sketches by Sonia

Piano at the Claremont Hotel by Sonia Tamez

Holiday singers at the Claremont by Sonia
The Claremont hotel held a free holiday event including carolers and a gingerbread house competition and since it was on a Tuesday night we went up there to sketch.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Jana's Sacramento Sketches

Emeryville Amtrak Station, ink & watercolor
Emeryville Amtrak Station, by Jana Bouc
For our trip by train to Sacramento we arrived early to sketch the Emeryville Amtrak station (above) and then it was "All On Board!"

Once we got underway I experimented with doing VERY quick watercolor sketches of the scenery as we traveled, with about 30 seconds to capture each lovely view flying by:

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Once we arrived, the weather was perfect so we walked the 6 blocks to the Crocker Art Museum to see the Wayne Thiebaud "Homecoming" retrospective show (ends November 28). One of the great things about the show was seeing that at almost 90, Thiebaud is still painting and innovating. The works in his show range from the 1960s to 2010.
Crocker Art Museum New Building, ink & watercolor
Crocker Art Museum by Jana Bouc
We explored both the Crocker's permanent collection and the Thiebaud show. I was a bit perplexed by the way the shows were curated. Works seemed to be hung randomly, in no particular order that I could discern. I would have really liked to see Thiebaud's paintings arranged by date to see the progression of his work.

Tower Bridge over Sacramento River, ink & watercolor
Tower Bridge over the Sacramento River, by Jana Bouc
After we left the Crocker we walked a few blocks to Sacramento's Old Town to meet up with Urban Sketcher Pete Scully who lives nearby in Davis. Then we all stopped to draw this beautiful bridge, which is actually painted with gold metallic paint, unlike the Golden Gate Bridge which is painted a red-orange, and is not gold at all.

Eagle Theater, ink & watercolor
Eagle Theatre, Sacramento Old Town, by Jana
Old Town is several square blocks of restored Gold-Rush era buildings with board walks instead of sidewalks, old trains, horse-drawn carriages, and a few people in costume.
Sacramento Amtrak Station Exterior
Exterior of Sacramento Amtrak Station, by Jana
My last sketch of the day was the exterior of the Amtrak station in Sacramento. The building is very ornate and I would have liked to spend more time accurately capturing some of the details but my eyes were burning from some nearby idling diesel buses so had to go indoors.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sacramento Sketching Trip by Sonia

Sacramento Amtrak Station Interior by Sonia Tamez
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, by Sonia Tamez

Emeryville Amtrak Station, by Sonia Tamez
Davis Amtrak Station (from train), by Sonia Tamez

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sketching Trip To Sacramento

Our sketch group took a trip to Sacramento on the train. We visited the newly expanded Crocker Museum and Old Town. We sketched all day, on the trip up and back and at in Sacramento.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Berkeley's Fourth Street

Zut Restaurant, 4th Street Berkeley, Ink & watercolor
Zut! Restaurant, by Jana Bouc
When I saw this restaurant named Zut! had opened on Fourth Street, I remembered Zut the dog, who lived next door to me in Berkeley in the 70s. I went inside to ask about the name and was shown their mural featuring a portrait of Zut the dog. (Read more about Zut on my blog).
A La Folie, Undies on 4th Street, ink & watercolor
A La Folie, by Jana Bouc
I always enjoy sketching manikins in shop windows and this one at A La Folie displaying expensive undies didn't disappoint.
Fourth Street Holiday Lights, ink & watercolor
Fourth Street Holiday Lights, by Jana Bouc
Fourth Street's holiday lights were up so we expected they'd be lit but only these two were. I guess they are waiting to light them until after Thanksgiving when the shops stay open evenings.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

This old building I believe was built in the 1930's. It is near the old Towne theater on the Alameda.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Subway Snoozers on BART

Subway Snoozing on BART, ink & watercolor by Jana Bouc
I was in a grumpy mood on the way to work and was about to play Angry Birds on my iPhone for a little fun, but when I saw these two guys snoozing back to back I had to sketch them instead. And then I wasn't in a grumpy mood anymore.

The Giants Win The Pennant

San Francisco had a parade for the Giants, the 2010 World Series champs. It seemed like the whole city was dressed in Orange and Black. This was the first series win since 1954, when the team was still the New York Giants.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Del Mar Theater, Santa Cruz

The Del Mar Theater, in downtown Santa Cruz is a lovely Art Deco building. And, very conveniently, there's a whole bunch of outdoor table where you can sit and sketch right outside.
Click on the image to see it in a larger size.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

More REI Sketches

Tango Ski Boot, ink & watercolor
Tango Ski Boot, Ink & Watercolor by Jana Bouc
REI Berkeley was our sketching destination last week. The store sells high-tech gear for every kind of outdoor activity along with comfortable clothing and shoes. It turned out to be a fun place to sketch with an overwhelming variety of subject matter.

Gentlemen's Hats, ink & watercolor
Gentleman's Hats, Ladies' Scarves, Ink & watercolor by Jana Bouc
It seems that hats have become quite popular again for guys, a trend that hasn't seen a comeback (other than baseball caps) since my grandfather's day.

Monday, November 8, 2010

REI (Recreational Eguipment, Inc)

My sketches from the REI store. There were many, many things to sketch and the staff was very friendly. REI started in 1938 in Seattle. These were done in the Berkeley store.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I saw a License Plate the other day that said " Life is good in Willow Glen". I thought it pretentious, with some truth to it. I really enjoy sketching in this burg!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The R.E.I. store in Berkeley

I think this was the first R.E.I. store—at least it's been here for over 25 years.

These tomato-red cans are fuel canisters for camping - they were piled randomly after the sale days. The price will date this sketch someday!

I had fun drawing the shoes on sale, there were so many kinds all mixed up together.
These images © Micaela Marsden

Monday, November 1, 2010

World Series in San Francisco

Game 2. McCovey Cove outside of ballpark full of boats, everyone wearing Orange and Black. Giants beat Texas.

Nong Thon Vietnamese Resturant

We all sketched the same things on the table.
We also sketched the Yoga studio next door.