more watercolor

A workshop with Leslie Wilson inspired me to try watercolor without pen and ink. A beautiful day at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, you almost couldn’t pick anything not beautiful or peaceful.

a watercolor painting
a fountain in one of the inner courtyards

1st Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers’ Sketchcrawl!

It starts tonight, and goes through Sunday.

We’ve gotten a bunch of media coverage in local papers around the East Bay and beyond. I think this is going to be a fun event. Event website

One of our members wrote a review,  and here’s one from the BerkeleySide


Sketch demo & sketch crawl

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  

Sketch group exhibit in Albany California

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 :
SUN 1pm-5pm
MON 12pm-6pm
TUE 12pm-8pm
WED 12pm-8pm

THU 10am-6pm
FRI Closed
SAT 10am-5pm

We are having a reception Saturday the 19th at 3pm.
Come sketch with us before the reception from 12-3 on Solano near Masonic.


SF auto show

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!



Spenger’s sketch session

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 sketch group, SF Urban Sketchers, likes to go there occasionally for all the cool stuff to draw. Here’s one of my sketches, see the rest on our blog

swordfish, marlin, tuna
swordfish, marlin, tuna (I think)