I’m having a great time in the Bay Area but it has been a little busier than I expected. Are you surprised? I have had a number of great sketching days and have also met up with a few longtime online friends.
It’s hard to find time for me to describe everything but here is a short video which I shared on instagram earlier.
It’s a quick flip-through showing the first three days worth of sketching. Some of these pages were not finished at the time, so when I get home and do the final video, you might like to check out how I finished off my spreads.
If you can’t see embedded video – please click here.
And now here a a few photos
Straight after a 13 hour flight and a lunch (and coffee) I was out on the streets of Los Gatos (in the South Bay area) sketching with Suhita Shirodkar.
(If you haven’t already realised, Suhita is one of my close sketching buddies, who I spend a lot of time with during USK symposiums. It’s really special to be hanging out with her again and this time in her own part of the world!)
…including having fun with Nina’s Ackerman pen for this quick sketch of an alligator carved out of a log.
Nina also took us to sketch some Eichler mid-century modern houses. They were a lot of fun to sketch and harder than they look. It was a lovely quiet neighbourhood and very relaxing for an afternoon sketching session.
(Just for the record, I didn’t have any jet lag at all this time – I just didn’t even mentally allow it, but just got straight into the new time zone!)
Friday: Laurie asked me if I would like to go to a John Muir Laws workshop on sketching the details of birds.
‘YESSS!!!’ was my reply. Here is a snippet of my notes from the workshop. He is such a incredible teacher and so inspiring in many ways.
It was wonderful to have a nice long lunch afterwards.
Note: Arrived in San Francisco on Friday evening after three days in the South Bay area.
I then went to Philz, a fancy customised coffee shop to meet up with a brush calligraphy friend of mine – Sharisse aka Pieces Calligraphy
While she was in town, she also organised a calligraphy meetup, so I had fun hanging out with a different group of creative people. Of course I asked them all to write in my sketchbook! And some how I managed to do two little watercolour demos – are you surprised?
Sunday: No sketching, as always. I had a truly wonderful time at a great local church, and look forward to spending next Lord’s Day with them as well.
Late afternoon, Laurie took me up to the top of Bernal hill and on the way back I did this sketch of a row of cute houses. Just to throw you a little … I did this in my neatest style. I’m always mixing it up aren’t I?
Ok, that’s about all I have time for today.
A quick note about my sketchbooks. I started a second book for my time in San Francisco (Alpha softcover 8 x 10) as I thought I would need to work larger. I will go back to the smaller book when I head to Austin next week for the conference I plan to attend (more about that later).
Finally: reminder of a sketch meetup this Saturday at Nob Hill- details and RSVP here.