Mother Earth on Earth Day in Healdsburg, ink & watercolor, 6.5x4"

Mother Earth on Earth Day in Healdsburg, ink & watercolor, 6.5×4″

Our sketch group traveled up to the wine country for a sketchcrawl in Healdsburg. We discovered an Earth Day festival setting up in the town square, complete with Mother Earth, above. Covered in flowers and pink and green gauzy fabric, she gave a talk about saving the earth, played her ukulele and sang a few children’s songs.

Healdsburg Home, Formerly a 7th Day Adventist Church Camp, ink & watercolor5.5"x6"

Healdsburg Home, Formerly a 7th Day Adventist Church Camp, ink & watercolor5.5″x6″

While we sketched this house a block from town square, the owner came out and told us it was built in 1887 by the 7th Day Adventists as a church camp. They still have the original kitchen except for the stove, which they updated to a 1940s model. He apologized we’d missed the flowering of the wisteria vine across the front of the porch.

Gazebo in Healdsburg Town Square, ink & watercolor, 5.5" x 6.5"

Gazebo in Healdsburg Town Square, ink & watercolor, 5.5″ x 6.5″

A variety of speakers lectured and bands performed under the gazebo in the beautiful Healdsburg town square. When the speakers got too strident or the bands too screechy, I walked a couple blocks away to find something else to draw.

Bear Republic Brewing Company, Healdsburg, ink & watercolor, 7x4.5"

Bear Republic Brewing Company, Healdsburg, ink & watercolor, 7×4.5″

As the temperature rose into the 80s I found a shady spot under a tree and drew the Bear Republic Brewing Company’s outdoor patio. Later we sat under those umbrellas and had our lunch. We shared journals with the other sketchcrawlers and at 4 :00 we headed back home.

Below are the full pages as they appear in my Moleskine A4 size journal (about 9×12″ per page).

Healdsburg Lefthand page in Moleskine 9x12"

Healdsburg, left page in Moleskine 9×12″ watercolor journal

Healdsburg Right Hand Page in Moleksine A4

Healdsburg Right Hand Page in Moleksine A4

You can see the pictures from some of the other sketchers on our Urban Sketchers blog.

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  1. Loved your earth day sketches, especially ” Mother Earth”. That was a bit of a serendipity!

    • Yes, she was a hoot. She is a retired school teacher and still beautiful, but like mother earth herself these days, a little uncomfortable and overly warm, in her outfit. When I first arrived she was walking around with a realistic looking raccoon puppet and later she sang really corny songs with a squeaky little voice and uke. It was a little embarrassing but I’m sure she’s a well-loved local character with the best intentions. Jana

      Sketchblog: JanasJournal.com Website: JanaBouc.com UrbanSketchers-BayArea,blogspot.com

  2. Thank you for such wonderful drawings, “dear Mother Earth” of nature lovers,,, keep the good work going,, we all love you,, :) lots of smiles

    • What a sweet message you left for me. Thank you so much. I really appreciate your kind words. Jana

      Sketchblog: JanasJournal.com Website: JanaBouc.com UrbanSketchers-BayArea,blogspot.com

  3. Wow, you accomplished a lot in one day! Such lovely drawings of what looks like a splendid day.

  4. Fantastic Earth Day sketchcrawl work. They all are great.

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