A half day of sketching in Berkeley with Cathy and Liz. Cathy took us to see buildings by famous architects, including this Arts and Crafts building by Maybeck . With deep overhangs and roofs at so many levels the structure was quite a challenge to draw!
I skipped the next few buildings we stopped at- (but you can see that Liz sketched them all- check out this video)
Then there was this wonderful, gnarled (and perhaps dead tree) that I really liked. Cathy called it Obata’s Tree because Chiura Obata made a sketch of it. Sketched in one of my current favorite mediums, water-soluble graphite. Love my little ArtGraf tin. The greys are silvery and soft and you never get a true black (which is great for me since I can work to an opaque, dark color too quickly in a sketch). I’ve been noticing I draw trees a lot more after I did Shari Blaukopf’s Trees in the City workshop in Chicago. Also used in this piece: some Quin Gold watercolor, white gouache and black ink in a brushpen.
This last sketch was made at the end of the day, just outside the Bart station. Musicians are the best to sketch.