Tag Archives: Berkeley

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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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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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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Invite and Sneak Peak of Art Show Reception Friday August 9

Here is a peek at my wall in the Collector Gallery in Berkeley’s Elmwood district showing 12 oil paintings. I have more small paintings displayed off the wall in the gallery. The largest painting on the wall (Happy Boy Farms … Continue reading

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Swingin’ at Caffe Trieste, Berkeley

We’ve been going to Caffe Trieste in Berkeley for our Tuesday night sketching once or twice a year and each time we’ve been lucky to be there when the Randy Craig Trio is playing. I love their assortment of classic … 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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Crazy Chicks at Poulet: A Poultry Panorama

The night we sketched at Poulet, a mostly chicken café in north Berkeley, I was feeling out of practice with drawing. So instead of trying to sketch the architecture or people I just drew their collection of chickens displayed on … Continue reading

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Pyramid Plates and Brew

Before being seated at Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley some of us went upstairs to sketch. I enjoyed the perspective challenge of drawing these guys below me, sitting and standing with their pitcher of beer. The menu recommended their Apricot Ale … Continue reading

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Tickle Your Tastebuds: Gaumenkitzel

When we visited Berkeley’s very colorful Gaumenkitzel Restaurant, they offered us a large “community” table where we could sketch and snack all evening. After most of the other customers had left, one sketcher pulled her chair right up to the pastry … Continue reading

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Sketching in the Lamp Shop

Last night our sketch group visited Sue Johnson Lamps in Berkeley, a shop that has specialized in custom, artisan-made lamps and shades since the 1970′s. Sue generously held the store open late for us and even offered us tea and … Continue reading

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