Friday, April 29, 2011

The Albatross Pub, Berkeley

Albatross Pub Berkeley: the bar, ink & watercolor
Albatross Pub - at the bar

The past couple of weeks our Tuesday night sketch group has met at pubs to draw and sample the beer. First stop was the Albatross, Berkeley's oldest pub. It's a very friendly and comfortable place with several different rooms.

Albatross Pub, couple with hat, ink and watercolor
The Albatross hosts dart tournaments on Tuesday nights. These two guys didn't actually overlap like this, they took turns approaching the line and throwing their dart.

Dart players, ink
Dart players

Each player has his own style of aiming and throwing, and they repeat it exactly the same each time.
(More about the evening on

More pipes at The Pub

Thursday, April 28, 2011

pipes from The Pub

This tiny pub features a tobbaconist as well as some beer and wine, but mostly, atmosphere! It has board games, cozy chairs, a fireplace, and a patio for smoking. You can read more about it if you want.
These pipes in their tight-fitting cases look like quote marks.

Dimaggio's Barber Shop in Walnut Creek

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

sketchcrawl 31: the mission, sf

For the 31st SketchCrawl in San Francisco, we met in the mission at a cafe near Mission Dolores Park. The day was fine and clear, although it did get a little cold and windy by the end. This stately tower is part of the local high school, Mission High.

Here are some of the sketchers who gathered in the morning including SketchCrawl founder Enrico Casarosa, fellow Urban Sketcher Pete Scully, and a few friends who kept with me, sketching all day

A kid from the restaurant where we took our lunch, and a few of the characters around the 16th and Mission BART station where we got into a little more adventure than we wanted. The woman is eating redvines.

Sights along Dolores, including Notre Dame Plaza- a senior housing facility on the site of what was once a bull and bear fighting ring- and a glimpse of the Mission Dolores itself.

There were so many people enjoying the sun in Mission Dolores Park that it looked like a music festival without the music. Another view of the high school in the distance.

Sketchers at the end of the day, and a gentleman waiting for his train.

Riders on BART on my way home.

I usually draw in my moleskine, but this time, since SketchCrawl 31 is also a fundraiser for Japan, I drew on seperate sheets so I can offer the sketches to my sponsors for their contributions.

The first is the MaryKnoll seminary in Cupertino. The second is the Mission San Jose in Fremont at the April Silcon Valley Sketch crawl.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The entrance to the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland has drifts of wisteria. I painted this last weekend during a great workshop led by Michael Reardon.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

the week's theme: animals

Since the Albatross was closed at 5:30 and I was starved and had to eat something, I missed the old bird here's a banana slug (or two), in honor of this week's theme: animals.
This slug is called an "Ariolomax dolichophallus" and you can learn more about it here

Mission bell from the WorldWide Sketch Crawl

Worldwide Sketchcrawl 31

It was a gorgeous day in San Francisco--perfect for exploring the vibrant Mission District.

View from 18th and Dolores
Funny how their shapes echo each other...the fireplug and the Mission's tower

The Mariacho trio never played a note, just stood around while one member talked on his cellphone.

My friend Pete Scully climbed a staircase to sketch a Victorian across the street

The sad old "New Mission Theatre" now defunct.
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Tartan Day Scottish Fair at Ardenwood

Mary Queen of Scots held court and all treated her highness with respect

Sporran - Front-facing fur fanny packs for men

Waiting for procession; Roman soldiers waiting by a small firetruck

A Regal Lady in Royal Blue

Representing Clan Cian


Playing for the judges

Macintosh Pipe Band and dancer

Bagpipes and drums

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Tartan Day Scottish Faire

At Ardenwood Farm in Fremont. Lots of kilts. The Macintosh Pipe Band provided bagpipes and drums.