Historic Post Offices, like the main Berkeley one, are endangered across the country according to the National Trust, but Berkeley is pushing back. About 100 people came out last week to demand protection of their post office and consideration of alternatives to closure and divestment. And our urban sketching group was there to document the protest (see other sketcher posts on this site).
The exterior of this Renaissance inspired building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a critical part of Berkeley's streetscape. The interior contains an exquisite painting (apparently on a type of canvas affixed to the wall) illustrating aspects of California's history. Such artwork was commissioned during the Depression through programs that put people to work to enhance the country's infrastructure for the public good. I can't help but reflect and contrast how during this economic downturn we are seeing the loss of our cultural patrimony. What kind of a legacy are we leaving?
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
One of our sketchers has been stuck at home after a recent surgery, so we brought our sketchbooks, pens, pencils and colors to her house to sketch, and hopefully liven up her day a little! There are lots of angles and levels in her house, great perspective challenges, so I thought I'd give it a try. One view I tried was pretty much the wrong way up before I even started but the other was a little simpler so it worked out ok (i think). I love the mobile/lights, they are in gentle movement all the time. Her dog is wonderfully graphic in his short black and white coat and (invisible) puppy-ish demeanor.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
|Watercolor painting of Wave Garden from sketch, 9x12"|
|Sketch made on site of Wave Garden, 5x8"|
Please visit my blog, JanasJournal.com to see more about the Wave Garden, with photos, videos and location.