Category Archives: Urban Sketchers

My Art in a Book, a Field Guide and a New Commission

I am happy to say that the excellent new book Urban Sketching: The Complete Guide to Techniques by Thomas Thorspecken, includes this “Urban Animals” page (above) featuring my sketches of cats. When the publisher contacted me to request the use of the images, I was delighted. … 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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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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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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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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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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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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