Tag Archives: Ink

The Exotic Loring Cafe and On a Starbucks Bag

Oakland’s Loring Cafe has the most eclectic decor and architecture I’ve ever seen in a restaurant. In addition to the arches, pillars, sculptures, palms and vibrant lighting, the restroom is like a brick-covered Hobbit house with no sink. To wash … Continue reading

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Waiting and Watching (and Sketching)

I love the way the big guy seems to be looking at the pretty girl’s butt in her shiny black tights. In reality they got in line at different times, but my drawing took on a life of its own. … Continue reading

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Oakland Chinatown Sketch and Group Photo (Plus One)

Early on the morning after Thanksgiving our Urban Sketchers group went to Oakland’s Chinatown for some sketching. It was business as usual in the busy produce markets, herb shops, meat and seafood stalls, and Chinese restaurants, with no sign of … Continue reading

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The Voice: Top Ten Finalists Sketched

Faced with a Tuesday night at home instead of out with the Urban Sketchers (nobody could go) I turned on the TV. Boring. But wait, those performers on The Voice (a singing competition show) are all so interesting looking. Why … Continue reading

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Greetings from Topsy Turvy World

This sketch and the next few I post are from back in the good old days when I used to just sketch, paint, and work. Now I live in construction chaos and once that’s over in a week or two, … Continue reading

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Celebrating Young Sketcher Mariah

Just a small post (with a tiny cellphone photo) to celebrate talented 12-year-old sketcher, Mariah, who loves to draw and paint. For Christmas I gave her the accordion-fold Moleskine above along with some acrylics and brushes. She texted me this drawing … Continue reading

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Funky Tilden Carousel Sketches

I almost didn’t post these sketches from the Tilden Park Merry-go-round because I was so frustrated drawing them. But I think it’s interesting to see when others post things that challenged them so here you go. I try to find … Continue reading

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Sketching at the Teddy Bear Fountain

Teddy bears hold hands in a circle in this wonderful, historic fountain* in North Berkeley on Marin Circle. We sketched there on a warm Tuesday evening as the sun was setting. I did the one above very quickly at the … Continue reading

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Lightbulb Moment and Mini-Review of Stonehenge Wirebound Journal

I was trying to find a way to make this old blue photography light bulb (purchased back in the days of film) stand up so I could sketch it. I tried using tape rolled into a double-sided ball and sticking … Continue reading

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Leave It! Lemon and Vinegar

You know how dog owners shout “Leave it!” when they are about to roll in something stinky or eat garbage off the ground? (the dog, not the owners rolling in it). I’m taking a similar approach with my ink drawings … Continue reading

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Ostrich with Hole in the Sand (How I Get My News)

One of the Everyday in May drawing cues is “Draw How You Get Your News.” The image that immediately came to mind was an ostrich with its head in the sand. I am the opposite of a news junkie. I … Continue reading

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Soap: Every Day in May

Well, yes, of course I’ll use soap every day in May…but that’s not what this post is about. I read that the Every Day in May group was doing a daily sketch from the Everyday Matters (EDM) list. I had … Continue reading

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