Did you know, as an artist, that there are sites which gather detailed information on your art activities and present them in a gallery/profile? I was surprised at how much history they might have assembled. My profile on ArtSlant
Here’s a historical artwork. What era does this look like to you?!
This Saturday the local Urban Sketchers group, of which I am a member, will be doing a talk and demo of our sketching kits at the main branch of the Oakland Public Library at Lake Merritt from 3 – 5 pm.
The following weekend, the 1st Annual West Coast Sketchcrawl will be happening in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Oakland.
Our talented member Carrie McLish, who is also a journalist, wrote about them in Oakland Local. Read more about both events
If you are a sketcher, would like to try sketching out doors, or are not a sketcher….
There is an exhibit of sketches by my Sketch Group at the Albany Library this month.
Come by and see it during Library hours.
The Library is at the corner of Marin Avenue and Masonic (at the BART tracks).
Hours are :
We are having a reception Saturday the 19th at 3pm.
Come sketch with us before the reception from 12-3 on Solano near Masonic.
I had never been to a car show before, thought it would be fun, not only to see next year’s designs, but to sketch. It was pretty crowded, I took a couple photos, and sketched from that. The Academy of Art University has a large and wonderful antique car collection as it turns out. They presented a handful, including some of their smallest and most eclectic, really fun. This is an example, designed by a man who normally designed aircraft. It was designed/built after WWII as economical, basic transportation, very affordable. I’m not sure I did it’s funny shape justice. When you look at it directly from the front it looks somewhat like a frog with it’s bug-eyed headlamps!
These few remaining bits of waterfront character/history are slated for removal in Benicia. Demolition of the Red Baron and surrounding structures in Joy’s Harbor, is being arranged without public input. Many artists have found them valuable subjects, myself among them!
It’s here—the 2012 Box Art Auction. I can’t wait to see what all the different artists have created out of a simple 5.5″ square block of wood! It goes on from 6 to 9 pm tonight. It’s your last chance to see these wonderful creations before they go home with their new owners. Will you be one of them? ALL profits go towards supporting ProArts organization which does a lot of outreach to the community and furthers the arts in so many ways.
Here’s one side of the “box” I made – come see the others tonight at
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
This building is rather nice, it has always seemed a shame that it’s sort of buried in a neighborhood with streets and houses all around so that you can’t really get back and get a good view of it. I sketched the side, from where a row of apartments was added a dozen or so years ago.
Spenger’s is the oldest restaurant in Berkeley according to the Berkeley book. From the Berkeley Library:
Begun as a tiny crab stand and bar by Johann Spenger in 1890, the establishment grew into one of the East Bay’s most popular eateries. At one time, Spenger’s operated its own fishing fleet and boasted that it served more meals than any other restaurant west of the Mississippi. Several generations of East Bay residents enjoyed family dinners in the restaurant’s maze of dark dining rooms.
My mother gave me this Chanel in about 1973 or 74. As you can see, I use it sparingly, but it is getting down to the bottom of the bottle. It’s still one of my favorites. I recently went into a Macy’s, saw some for sale with a “tester” — it smells the same!