Category Archives: Building

Sketching North Berkeley with Carole Baker

Carole Baker is an amazing painter in remote northern Alaska who I’ve known through our blogs and correspondence for years. When she was in Berkeley for a visit we met in North Berkeley to sketch. Above is a photo of my wonky … Continue reading

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Lima, Peru for Virtual Paintout October 2013

I love doing the Virtual Paintout, strolling around a city in Google Streetview and picking a scene to paint. This sketch is a preliminary study for an oil painting  still in progress. The location is Nicolas de Pierola and Jr. … Continue reading

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NYC Part 6: Jana’s Ganja Guy and the Brooklyn Bridge

Carol, Micaela and I got on the subway, heading to the Brooklyn Bridge. On the subway you get treated to exciting musical performances by buskers or you are subjected to rants by lunatics or pleas for money. Or all of … Continue reading

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NYC Part 4: Micaela Arrives, We Walk the Highline, Get Lost, Greenwich Village

On Friday morning Micaela arrived after an all-night flight from Berkeley. We were both tired but excited to plan our first day exploring the city together. After coffee and bagels at Irving Farm Coffee we made our way by foot … Continue reading

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Toot’s Saloon, Crockett

I struggled sketching the building containing this rundown bar on site (below) in downtown Crockett. The many bay windows were especially challenging. Despite my love for detail, I realized I needed to crop my view. So later I worked from a … Continue reading

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Elmwood Theater, Berkeley

The Elmwood Theater was originally named The Strand and was built in 1914 in an Art Nouveau architectural style. Admission was ten cents for adults and five cents for kids. It closed in 1941 and reopened as the Elmwood in … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Happy Face? Donuts?

Do you have a happy face right this moment? I didn’t until I received a blog comment/email from a German blogger whose email and blog name is happyface313. It made me wonder what it would be like to be that … Continue reading

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Oakland’s Lake Chalet Plus Drawing Rocks and Milk Cartons

Lake Chalet was originally built over 100 years ago as a high-pressure salt water pumping station for the Oakland Fire Department. In 1913, two wings were added to serve as boathouses. In 2009 the building was transformed into a lively … Continue reading

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San Francisco Sketchcrawl Part 2: Ferry Building, Ferries & Ladies Room Lines

While I waited for the Sketchcrawl to begin I started drawing the Ferry Building clock tower. The clocks weren’t really set for different times. It looks that way because I drew what I saw: by the time I got to … Continue reading

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Women’s Work: Rosie the Riveter and Super Wonky Singer Sewing Machine

When my plein air group met at the Rosie the Riveter Museum alongside Craneway Pavilion (a former auto factory where “Rosie’s” riveted during WWII) on the San Francisco Bay in Richmond, everyone else painted the bay view on the other … Continue reading

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Spring Into Summer

After I filled the jumbo Moleskine watercolor journal I discovered I forgot to post several pages. From March! So here are a few of those sketches from early spring. Above and below are the John Muir home, with a bit … Continue reading

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