Teddy Bear Fountain, Berkeley, ink & watercolor, 8x11"

Teddy Bear Fountain, Berkeley, ink & watercolor, 8×11″

I was excited to sketch Berkeley’s 100-year-old Teddy Bear Fountain again. We found the perfect viewpoint, I sat down on the carved stone bench, pulled out my pen, opened my bag and discovered I’d forgotten my sketchbook! DUH! Fortunately Cristina had a 9×12 watercolor block with her and she let me use it.

When I sketched the fountain before I wasn’t happy with the results so I decided to start with pencil on the complicated scene this time. There was an odd optical illusion; it appeared that the water was only falling behind the fountain so that’s how I painted it. I also intentionally shrunk the width of the base of the fountain.

The sun was setting when I finished drawing so I added paint at home. Please check out Cristina’s comprehensive sketch of the scene and Cathy’s previous sketch that is now featured on Berkeley Library cards. Below is the photo I took before I started drawing.

Teddy Bear Fountain Photo

Teddy Bear Fountain Photo

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  1. Jana,

    I think I posted on the wrong link earlier.

    Could you contact me about meeting me up at the pub to discuss some ideas. Fish and Chips are on me!

    Thanks,

    Scott

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    • Hi Scott, Glad to hear from you again. I’d be happy to join you to talk about some ideas. You can email me back — I included my email address in the to: line above. Jana

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

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