Urbansketching in Davis and Woodland

I had been more into sketching buildings lately especially after taking the Sketchbook Skool course on Urbansketching.

In Davis, I was drawn to these very old apartments that I’ve seen for over 30 years. Located next to them was a sandwich shop that I took my then very young sons after a play at the park. What struck me about these apartments was the entry facade, not often seen in modern day buildings.

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Apartments across from Central Park, watercolor sketch in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches by Marlene Lee

 

Nearby to the apartments are these very new townhomes. Colors and brickworks are what makes these modern day places unique.

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Townhouse across from Central Park, watercolor sketch in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches by Marlene Lee

 

A month later I ate at one of my favorite places in Woodland, California. A hole in a wall place that served Italian and Scandinavian cuisune. They are known for their outdoor oven.

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At Guinevere’s Cafe & Bistro, watercolor sketch in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches by Marlene Lee

The Final Watercolors

The 30×30 Direct Watercolor Challenge has drawn to the end. It had provided a way for me to get back into watercolors and now I’m looking forward to doing more.

These were done on Arches rough pressed paper cut down to 5 x 7 sheets.

Day 25 Terrier
Day 25 The Terrier
Day 26 Overriped Plums
Day 26 Overriped Plums
Day 27 China Bowl
Day 27 China Bowl
Day 28 Brown and White Dog
Day 28 Brown and White Dog
Day 30 Succulent
Day 30 Succulent

DIRECT WATERCOLOR CHALLENGE, DAYS 7 to 9

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Day 7 The Palm Tree, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor Stillman&Birn Delta series by Marlene Lee
Day 8_Rice Fields_ 30x30DW
Day 8 Rice Fields, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor Stillman&Birn Delta series by Marlene Lee
Day 9_Birds Flying over Rice Fields_30x30DW
Day 9 Birds Flying over Rice Fields, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor Stillman&Birn Delta series by Marlene Lee

Direct Watercolor Challenge, Days 4 to 6

I continued with Day 4 and 5 without using pencil just a thin brush to layout the basic shapes. In Day 6, I went back to the pencil. The pencil provides a quick warm up before laying in the colors.

Day 6 is my favorite of all three here. It reminded me of the qualities of watercolors that I love. The transparency, the glazing, the free flowing of paint. And just letting go.

Day 4 Coffee Cup 30x30DW
Day 4 Coffee Cup, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor by Marlene Lee
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Day 5, Fountain, 7 x 7 inches watercolor by Marlene Lee
Day 6_Tomatoes_30x30DW
Day 6, Tomatoes, 7 x 7 inches watercolor by Marlene Lee

Pence Gallery Garden Tour

The annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour happened on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. This year private residential gardens were opened up throughout Davis. I was assigned to a small backyard garden but it was packed with native Californian plants and hidden spaces and planters with vegetables.

One of these pieces or maybe both will appear in the Garden Tour Exhibit at the Pence Gallery during June. The opening reception will be June 8th.

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Garden Fountain, pen and watercolor, 9 x 12 inches, 6 May 2018
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A Collage of Gail’s Garden, pen and watercolor, 9 x 6 inches, 6 May 2018

Sketching at Nob Hill in San Francisco

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.

A couple on their phones
Captured this couple sitting side by side at the side of Grace Cathedral on their phones
The Door
A door that leads to the office for the Episcopal Diocese
A stained glass window
One of the beautiful stained glass windows on the side of Grace Cathedral
Graceful statue at Huntington Park
One of the four figures at the Huntington Park

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.

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