Category Archives: Places

Winter Wildcat Canyon Walk Remains

I’ve started collecting items on my daily hikes with my pup to sketch in the studio since I haven’t quite worked out sketching while dog walking yet. Sometimes Millie helps me by carrying the items for me. Once they’re sketched … Continue reading

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Christmas Goose and a White Pelican

After an extraordinary autumn and early winter, with many things other than art going on in my life, I’ve gotten way behind on posting. This goose isn’t really a Christmas goose, it’s a summer goose, as are the rest of … 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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Empress Hornblower and the Wanna Be Cantaloupe

Sounds like a great title for a children’s book, no? The Empress Hornblower (above) is part of a fleet of party boats moored behind the ritzy hotel at the northern Berkeley marina, an area long-time residents remember as the old … 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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Emergency Response: Propane Tanker Overturns

A propane double tanker truck lost control and turned over at a freeway entrance/exit near my home around 3:00 in the morning. The emergency response teams evacuated people from nearby homes and businesses, including a nursery school, and then cordoned … Continue reading

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Jack London Square: Sketchcrawl 41

Despite the transit strike, intrepid Urban Sketchers braved the traffic for Sketchcrawl 41 at Jack London Square.  We enjoyed fantastic sunny, warm weather, blues bands and a classic car show. I started by sketching (above) Jack London’s sod-roofed cabin above … Continue reading

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NYC Part 7 Finale: Bethesda Fountain, Yoko Ono, Verdi Monument, and Library Lion

(To email subscribers: if no image appears above in your email, please click the title of the post above to see it directly on the blog.) Walking back to Central Park on Sunday, Micaela and I stopped at The Dakota, … 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 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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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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