Seeing Is Believing or Drawing Is Seeing? Zach’s Snacks on Berkeley’s North Side

Zach's Snacks on Berkeley's Northside, ink & watercolor sketch, 5x7"

Zach’s Snacks on Berkeley’s North Side, ink & watercolor, 5×7″

They say, “Seeing is believing.” I say, “Going through life without drawing is like being nearly blind. Only when I stop to look in order to draw, do I really see!”

Berkeley’s Euclid Avenue ends at the north side of University of California’s Berkeley campus (the greenery on the right, above). This block has everything you’d expect for a street abutting a college: shops with pizza, beer, coffee, burgers, snacks, and oh yeah, books.

There is some great architecture in this neighborhood too, including this apartment building with a snack shop tucked away in a little basement room. I’ve probably walked past here a hundred times and never noticed the interesting features of this building, with porches, pillars, carved wood decorations, fancy brickwork, and cool old lanterns.

Only when I stopped to draw and started really looking did I see what was there all along.

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About Jana Bouc

I am an artist who loves (and lives) to sketch and paint in watercolor and oils. I teach watercolor classes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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10 Responses to Seeing Is Believing or Drawing Is Seeing? Zach’s Snacks on Berkeley’s North Side

  1. Suzy says:

    Wow Jana, such a lovely building with great architecture and style. Love your drawing.

  2. happyface313 says:

    Beautiful picture – it looks so nice and like a neighborhood people like to live in.
    Now I’d really like a drawing of that little candy-shop and all their sweets (a sweet tooth speaking here) ;-)
    Have a very HAPPY Sunday :-)

  3. Carol C says:

    What a great sketch of a complicated subject! And I totally believe it, drawing is seeing!

  4. Ishaiya says:

    Fabulous sketch. Even though I love to draw and agree entirely with your views about truly seeing things when you really stop to look, I find this philosophy translates equally well to photography. But then as a photographer I am always seeing through the lens as an artist wondering how my shot will look on canvas! A drawing however will always hold a more magical quality of its subject than any photograph in mind :)

  5. designsweet says:

    I do love your style – this looks a great place to live!

  6. Sue Pownall says:

    Beautiful drawing. You are right, you only really see what you stop and draw.

  7. elizabethwchan says:

    Where is this located? I’ll be sure to visit on my morning run!

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  9. Amazing! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different subject but it has pretty much the same
    layout and design. Excellent choice of colors!

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