Sausalito Palm Tree

Ink in Moleskine sketchbook
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The short version:
It was very crowded on the sailboat and there were many interesting people to talk to, so I even though I brought art supplies, didn’t get to draw anything until we left. My sister parked at a nearby upscale grocery store to grab a cup of coffee for the ride home. I pulled out my sketchbook and did this quick sketch while Sophie and I chatted and waited. I’d realized I’d never really “seen” a palm tree until I drew this one.

The rambling, TMI (too much information) version:
Today is my son Robin’s 32nd birthday and this afternoon his dad (my ex) hosted a great party on his sailboat (excuse me…yacht as he prefers it to be called–and it truly is, with two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a shower, etc.) berthed in Sausalito. Many of Robin’s friends and family came from around the Bay Area, including my sister and her daughter, my previous ex who is Robin’s other dad (it’s a long story) and that grandfather who at 94 is still strong, handsome and active, though weaker than the last time I saw him and dragging an oxygen tank around with him. It was wonderful to see how sweet and solicitous Robin is with his grandfather. I enjoyed meeting some of Rob’s new friends and reconnecting with some of his old friends–all accomplished, interesting and creative people. One of the guests was my ex’s girlfriend’s best friend Dawn and Dawn’s charming father who was about my age and, I later learned, a well-known local TV newsman who I didn’t recognize in his Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses.

There was fabulous food–my son Cody did barbeque duty and grilled up chicken, steak and salmon, plus there was fancy sushi and salads and the fresh blueberry and peach pies I bought/brought. I’m still on my diet and had already lunch so I just had a couple bites of chicken and steak and skipped everything else. I can’t believe how easy it’s been the past month to stick to this diet which is balanced and low on the glycemic index. It’s a miracle really–I’ve never been on a diet before that I didn’t have to cheat and now I can get back into my favorite jeans. Just 5 pounds to go.

32 is an important year, I think. My theory is that by 32 one is fully “cooked” — that who you are is now developed and from then on it’s just fine-tuning. Sure you can keep on growing and learning, but 32 is the year from which I think one’s ship departs to one’s future.

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  1. Hapy Birthday to Rob, and thanks for sharing this great sketch with us!

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  2. Interesting theory. I had my first child at 32. I love the bark on the palm tree.

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  3. Love this sketch and happy b-day also.

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  4. Sounds like a blast!

    Congrats on tackling the “sketchblog puff” as you and I discussed at SketchCrawl. Sketchblogging is a lot of work, at a computer, and tends to reduce one’s activity level! I may have to take a sketchblog break to get myself back in premium shape 🙂

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  5. I like this palm tree drawing! It is very interesting to see that pure lines (without any color) can evoke such an exciting atmosphere!

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  6. I want lots more sharing about the diet and the long story about the ex’s. Go on – it’s just you, me and a few hundred other people……… 😉

    Happy belated birthday to your son – sounds like you’ve got a good pair of sons there. I do like a man who can do a respectable barbeque!

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  7. This palm tree reminds me of a trip I made to the Dominican Republic two years ago, sketchbook in tow. I’d planned on drawing the whole vacation….but instead I came back with one drawing…of a palm tree next to a gas station. I remember that there were some sketchy people hanging around as Edgar pumped gas and drawing was the only way I could calm my nerves.

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  8. Like the tree. That ink can be so hard to erase!
    What is a sketchcrawl?

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  9. The texture you’ve accomplished on this tree will inspire me next time I go to Scottsdale and sketch one myself! A diet that easy that works? Will you share it?!

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  10. wrjones, you can read more about Sketchcrawls at http://www.sketchcrawl.com. Martha was referring to the weight we both gained from spending so much time drawing and blogging instead of exercising.

    Katherine and Michelle, the diet I’ve been doing is Nutrisystem. I was very skeptical but when I saw a couple different friends losing weight easily I decided to give it a try. Surprisingly I love the food and haven’t had an urge to cheat at all. They supply small entrees and you supply fresh veges, fruits and dairy products. I’m actually going to miss the diet when I’m done with it by the end of August. I always have something tasty to look forward to and don’t have to worry about measuring or silly meetings or cooking (except for the veges and salads). I’ve been eating more fresh fruit and veges than ever and really enjoying them too.

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  11. I like the long version of Robin’s birthday, too. Hard to believe he is 32. Claire will be there so soon. What an exciting strange period of our lives. Interesting comment about 32. Made me look back on my life and wonder about myself at that age. Sounds like you had a great day. Wonderful that you and Louis (or is it Lewis -embarrassed that I can’t remember) can celebrate together and amazing that Steve’s father is up for a boat, excuse me, a yacht ride. Happy birthday to Robin. Hey, I don’t think I told you that Craig is doing the Nutrisystem diet too. For the last month. He is liking it and losing. Yippee!, after all of our talks on the subject. He is even keeping track in the booklet of what he eats. I just wish they could figure out a way to use less packaging or recycleable packaging.
    Also, one more thing, your process of learning to paint in acrylic is so different from my,”just slop paint on the canvass until you like it well enough.” If I ever go back to it, maybe you can teach me.

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  12. Jana, I feel like I’m intruding on someone else’s life, but I found your site when I typed in Robin Bouc. If it is the same Robin Bouc that worked at Russell Street Residence in Berkeley, I have always wanted to tell him thank you for all he taught me through example with the residents. I lost contact when I went to Mexico and he moved on to another job. If it is not the same Robin Bouc, well, all the best anyways. Thanks,
    Melissa

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