Rusty Farm equipment – Oak Hill

Rusty tines

Rusty farm equipment. Found his piece of ancient farm machinery out in front of the barn at Oak Hill Farm. This was harder to draw that I thought. It’s all spindles and springs.

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Oak Hill Farm store entrance

Oak Hill Farm store

This is the store front for the Oak Hill Barn Store. The old barn was once used as the milk barn for the farms dairy cows. Now the barn has been converted into a store to sell the fruits, vegetables and flowers grown on the farm. Many thanks to my friend and fellow sketcher, Richard for letting me tag along for this special trip. Thanks Richard!

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Oak Hill Farms

Oak-Hill-farm-tree-roots_sTraveling highway 12 just outside of Glen Ellen, it’s nearly impossible to miss the towering tree roots designating the entrance to 45-acre Oak Hill Farm. The roots are what’s left of an overturned eucalyptus that met its fate during a winter storm in 1974. Part of 700 wild acres owned by the Sonoma Land Trust, the farm, in operation for over 50 years, produces more than 200 varieties of heirloom vegetables, fruit, flowers, perennial greenery, and herbs.


The Red Barn Store, set in a rustic 100-year old barn, offers for purchase sustainably harvested produce, flowers, and handcrafted wreaths and bouquets. Once a small farm stand, the Red Barn Store has grown to support the local Sonoma community for over 30 years.Oak Hill farm shopper_s

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August 9, 2014 Sketch Outing: Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma


Come join us SATURDAY August 9, 2014 at 10am-1pm at Cornerstone Sonoma for the next sketch outing.

We’ll meet at 10am at the entrance, then disperse to sketch around the area. We’ll meet back at 1pm to share our sketches.

All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with (it’s also nice to have a chair to sit on).

To find out more about this destination, use this link:

Here’s a Google map link:,-122.5812402,11z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8085af4f947c00b3:0xdb4eb85132580675

It is a great place to explore and has plenty of sketching opportunities!

There’s also a nice cafe if you want to have lunch afterwards. Their outdoor tables are great spots for more sketching, too! 

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Bravas restaurantLR

Also on our Sketch Day, I was able to ink in this drawing, then color it at home later the same day. One of the many fine restaurants in Healdsburg, Bravas, Bar de Tapas. A great menu of small “Tapas” style plates and a fine back yard for Al Fresco dining.

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Along Plaza Street


Along Plaza Street

Here’s my contribution to our Sketch day in Healdsburg. “Along Plaza Street” in Healdsburg. Nice old false-front buildings. The Mexican restaurant, El Faralito, is in the Red building. The blue building houses a wine tasting room and the Headlsburg Center for the Arts. The tan and brown building has a small art studio, a wine tasting room in the front and apartments or offices above. Perfect day for sketching.

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Sketching Around Healdsburg


To celebrate annual Worldwide Sketch crawl Day, a bunch of us met on the plaza in Healdsburg to sketch.  It was a gorgeous Saturday morning, with a sunny blue sky and a lovely breeze wafting around.  Perfect summer sketching weather!  We scattered to explore different spots in town, and I went to sit at the edge of the plaza and sketch a shopfront and hotel across the street. While I was sketching, a fellow started practicing his saxophone out on the plaza, so the air was filled with music. It was a lovely day.  Thanks to all who came!

Next month, on Saturday August 9, we’ll meet at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma.  Save the date — details to follow!

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I was out and about in Santa Rosa the other day, and stopped to do a sketch of a building that I’ve often been in for appointments.  Adding it to my sketchbook was a fun way of memorializing something that has been a part of regular life for a while.

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St. Pauls Church

St. Pauls ChurchLR+2

St. Pauls Episcopal Church on the corner of East and Matheson Streets in Healdsburg, CA is one block east of the town square. Built in the early 1900’s as a parish hall, but was relocated to it’s present site and the lower story was removed. The Church building wasn’t originally built as a church. A lovely little country church with an even lovelier all-wood interior.

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Bodgega Truck

Bodgega Truck

Watercolor of an older truck I found during our Bodega sketch crawl. I did this at home with photos and drawings that I took from the event. I was really trying to catch the long shadows and the sun shining through the tree. It was a bright late winter/early spring day.

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