Annie in her chair

Annie in her chair

This is my Sister-in-Law’s black lab Annie. She loves to nap in her favorite chair when she’s not eating or snuggling with the family.

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Golden Gate Park Bandshell

Golden Gate Park Bandshell

GGP bandshell built by the Spreckels family. A little history… “Spreckels Temple of Music, also called the “Bandshell”, was built in 1899 in advance of the Music Concourse’s completion in 1900. It was severely damaged in the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes, has repeatedly undergone extensive renovation, and has served as a stage for numerous performers over the years including Luciano Pavarotti and the Grateful Dead.” (Wikipedia). Pencil with Winsor & Newton watercolor on hot press Arches. 140lb. 9in x 12in. (23cm x 31cm)

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Indoor sketching


I find that indoor sketching can be just as enjoyable as outdoor sketching.  Yesterday, my friend Lisa and I had planned a sketch date but a chilly rain made outdoor sketching feel rather unappealing.  We headed, instead, to the lobby of a local hotel where we ordered hot tea from the bar and had a lovely time sketching what we saw.



It was a good reminder that sketching what is right in front of you can be very enjoyable.

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Kentucky Street in Petaluma


We met last weekend for a sketch date in Petaluma, and it was a lovely day.  It was sunny and warm, and there was a great group of sketchers, and Petaluma gave us a lot of great sketching subjects.  I’m already looking forward to going back and doing more.  There are so many charming old buildings downtown.

We decided that we will plan USk-NB outings for the second Saturday and fourth Thursday afternoon of each month, so we can all schedule ahead.  No idea yet where the Thursday, March 27 outing will be (stay tuned here and/or on the group’s Facebook page).  The next Saturday outing will be on April 12 at the Sonoma Plaza at 10 am, stay tuned for the specific location.

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Join us for a sketchcrawl on Windsor Town Green


Pip and I are in the mood for a sketch date, so we are planning to meet in Windsor, at Cafe Noto, on Thursday, February 27, 2014.  We’ll meet at Cafe Noto (630 McClelland Drive, facing the town green) at 1pm, and then we’ll decide where to go from there.  Please feel free to join us!  We can meet, then wander to sketch as we choose, and meet up at 3:30 or 4 for sharing.

I hope to see you there!


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Jeep with trailer

Jeep with trailer

Jeep with trailer

I was out yesterday just looking for something to sketch, wanting to get out of the house before the rain came (which it didn’t). Walking down Front St., by the river, I happened upon this jeep loaded down with a trailer full of brush and sticks… just what I was looking for. The owner of the Jeep, Daniel, came out to visit and I promised to send him a copy of the finished piece.

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The Raven Theater and Ravenous Cafe


Few things are more entertaining than seeing a live performance at a local theater followed by a cozy dinner. With television and the internet dominating today’s casual entertainment crowd, it’s a real pleasure to get out among the living and experience true 3D without the glasses.

The Raven Performing Arts Theater supports performances ranging from Classical (Philharmonia Healdsburg ), jazz (Healdsburg Jazz Festival), blues (Charlie Musselwhite), rock (Big Brother and the Holding Company), and variety shows such as Healdsburg’s home grown “Mr. Healdsburg” pageant. The Raven Players, Healdsburg’s resident theater group, also perform here, mounting ambitious and successful productions like Cats, Miss Saigon, and Chicago.

Performances like these are sure to work up an appetite, and next-door’s Ravenous Cafe is the perfect stop before or after a show. Seating up to 22 guests, this intimate spot features a menu that changes daily but often includes the ever popular crab cakes, fish tacos, and the famous Ravenous Burger.

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Wu Man with her Pippa

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The Chinese artist, Wu Man played her instrument, the Pippa, for the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra, Santa Rosa, CA. The piece was Concerto No. 2 for Pippa, by Zhao Jiping.

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Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony

At the rehearsal, audience study. I had an extra ticket to the Santa Rosa Symphony at Weill Hall, SSU so I asked Richard to join me. The rehearsal was on Saturday at 2PM. They played Mozart and Beethoven, but the highlight of the rehearsal was Wu Man from China, who played her lute-like instrument called the “Pippa”. The music was created for her by the Chinese composer Zhao Jiping. These two were were sitting near me in rapt attention.

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Bodega Schoolhouse

Bodega School House

This is the Schoolhouse in the town of Bodega where Hitchcock filmed “The Birds”. Our sketch group met early on Sunday morning, then fanned out and sketched all over the town. Weather was good for January, we’re experiencing  unseasonably dry and warm weather for Northern CA.

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