Category Archives: Outdoors/Landscape

Spring Things and not so Spring-y Things (Self-Portrait)

This little fig tree has survived so much: being transplanted, then a killer frost, and then transplanting again after sewer line work. As soon as leaves sprouted this year so did two figs. Sadly the crows or squirrels (or the … Continue reading

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Endless Summer Continues: Flowers from Christina’s Garden

While the rest of the country is dealing with icy cold, we’re having a warmer-than- summer winter in Northern California. Instead of hunkering down and getting “rainy-day” tasks done at the computer I’m out walking for hours every day in … Continue reading

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Urban Avians and the Highway

While I was having my car’s oil changed at Toyota Albany I took a hike down to the SF Bay Trail to sketch. I followed a confusing bike and walking path that goes up onto an overpass and then down … Continue reading

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Endless Summer #1: Clark Kerr Campus, World News Box

Although cold autumn weather and even snow already arrived in much of the western hemisphere, always radical Berkeley begs to differ. We had an unusually unfoggy and warm summer, a toasty fall, and now, with temperatures in the 70s we’re … 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 5: Central Park Conservatory Water, John Zorn at the Met, NYC Food Oddities

Saturday mid-day we met Brooklyn art blogger (and funny lady) Carol King by the Conservatory Water (above) in Central Park, named for the Conservatory of Flowers building it was meant to reflect but that was never constructed. In the sketch above, … Continue reading

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New York City Part 2: Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Figures al Fresco

My first morning in Manhattan I woke to sun streaming through the trees and hurried to get ready for a day of sketching in Battery Park with Shirley Levine and Pat Gaignat. Above is my first sketch of the day: … Continue reading

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Top of the Top of Solano Avenue, Berkeley

When Cathy said, “Let’s sketch at the top of Solano Avenue Tuesday night” I chose to  literally sketch the top of Solano: looking up and drawing the tops of streetlights, buildings and trees. It’s common here to refer to the … Continue reading

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Sunny Landscapes, Summer, Spring, and Smelly

Briones Park Sunny Afternoon available for purchase here I didn’t realize until I saw these two pictures together, that it was easy to tell that I painted one in summer (above) and the other in the spring (below), just by … 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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Oakland Museum: View From Sculpture Garden

After my monthly workshop at the Oakland Museum, with John Muir Laws and his Bay Area Nature Journal Club, I stayed to sketch in the beautiful sculpture garden. There are lovely trees and plantings, colorful sculptures and interesting urban views. The … Continue reading

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Teddy Bear Fountain, Berkeley

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 … Continue reading

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