My husband and I spent a few days in San Francisco. (It was a much needed rest from caring for my mother 24/7).
We stayed in a hotel right in the heart of downtown San Francisco. From our window view I can see the construction workers on the future Mexican Contemporary Art Museum.
After our visit at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), we relaxed at Yerba Buena Park. Despite the cool breezy wind, many other people also relaxed in this beautiful park.
After breakfast in the following morning we stopped again at Yerba Buena Park. I was able to get a few sketches of people in while they were doing either Tai Chi, Chi Gung or dancing to music. I believe there’s a senior center nearby. Also I sketched in the rock garden there.
Traveling from Davis, CA, I grabbed the chance to sketch alongside with the San Francisco urbansketchers as well as Liz Steel and Jane Blundell, notable urbansketchers both from Australia. I even met sketchers who came from Chico (3 hours away) and Washington.
The weather was surprisingly warm despite the 70 degree. About 60 or so sketchers gathered at Grace Cathedral at Nob Hill. Beautiful architecture and for those who love buildings it was a sketcher’s dream. For me I stuck close to simple subjects… a couple, a window, a door and a statue….All my urbansketches are done in a pocket size Moleskine watercolor sketchbook. “Keeping it simple” is my name.
As usual after three hours of sketching we all met at Huntington Park to share our sketching experiences and to meet up with old friends and get to know new ones.
My husband and I were visiting SF Chinatown at the time and I spotted this elderly couple a few feet ahead of us holding hands. So endearing. My hub had just bought me a new camera so I snapped the shot.
The painting itself was one of those painting that questioned my ability to paint. But I paint through and submit it for the Valentine special exhibit “Hearts” at the Hallmark Hotel. And it SOLD!
But, bummer! I forgot to scan it in for inventory. Fortunately I had taken an Instagram photo. It’s not the complete image but it will have to work. Lesson learned!
Many years ago I took my sons to visit the small park in San Francisco Chinatown. I found these twins seating at a bench and looking so charming in their lookalike outfits. Took a photo and many years later I found it and painted it.