Casey Toussaint and her son Paul are visiting from France and I had the pleasure of spending Sunday with them. After a quick visit to my house and studio, we headed down to the Berkeley Marina to cool off on an unseasonably hot day.
We walked to the end of Berkeley’s long pier on San Francisco Bay with views of the Golden Gate Bridge (which Paul wanted to see) and there was a wonderful cool breeze coming in off the ocean. Then we had a delicious lunch at Skates on the Bay, where we had a window seat and watched birds nesting under the eaves and sailboats tacking back and forth on the choppy bay.
On the way to our next stop (Dick Blick Art Supplies to pick up a large sketchbook to bring to the afternoon session of the figure drawing marathon sponsored by the Bay Area Models Guild at Merritt College in Oakland) we passed Berkeley’s Fourth Street boutique/foodie shopping area. We saw that the street was blocked off with a sign, “Fourth Street Jazz Festival” and decided to nix the figure drawing and sketch at the festival instead.
We strolled the street and then settled at Peets Coffee for coffee and sketching where we did the two sketches at the top of the post. Casey works quickly, with wonderfully expressive lines, and got in a few more sketches from Peets:
After an hour or two we connected with Paul again, walked over to Blick’s for Casey’s art supply shopping and then headed to Telegraph Avenue and the University of California campus. Casey and I found a spot we wanted to sketch on campus so Paul headed back down Telegraph to Amoeba Records, a huge used CD/record store.
When we met Paul back at Amoeba a couple hours later, I was hungry and we decided to head out for dinner. We all felt like Mexican food so I took them to Solano Avenue’s Cactus Taqueria. Paul was quite impressed by the size of the burrito he was served, and took photos of it. I learned that servings are much smaller in French restaurants and that it takes 5 or 6 years of serious study before someone can become a baker. He was surprised that here all one need do to beome a baker is to open a bakery and start baking.
As the sun was setting I drove them back to San Francisco. The fog had rolled in, ending the heat wave, and as we traveled across the Bay Bridge we had amazing views of San Francisco rising up out of the fog bank, sillouhetted by the setting sun. I drove really slowly across the bridge so Paul could take pictures and he got some great ones.
14 replies on “Jana and Casey Do Berkeley”
Oh! What a fabulous day! This is exactly what art/artists/connections should be. And you make it all come alive, Jana!
Wonderful series of sketches and photos. Paul came with Casey when she visited NYC two visits ago – isn’t he a real cutie? So glad you guys had a fabulous day!!
Hello.. i just visited your blog today and i found out your art works are really wonderful!!
i even culdnt draw.. 😦
This is a wonderful post that absolutely captures a perfect day. Paul and I had such a great time with you – and we were both really impressed at how gorgeous your work is is person. I hope we’ll do something else together before we leave. Thanks Jana!
Jana, your energy and enthusiasm (not to mention your great artwork) inspire me. It’s past time for me to quit lurking and post something too!
Oh Jana what a fabulous day -thanks for sharing with us – Havng met Casey and Paul (with Shirley in NYC) I know how charming and talented they are! and in San Fran – I can only dream.
It is always so much fun when one of our Blogging Buddies spend time together and sketch together AND ESPECIALLY SHARE IT WITH US. And this was such a vivid post– it just plops us right down in the middle of it, doesn’t it?
I thank all 3 of you for sharing a delightful day.
Good to see another meeting between bloggers. I always forget to take photos at the ones I have!
Well done for such an impressive recording of the day and great to see both sets of super sketches. Thanks for sharing.
Jana – Looks like you both had a great time and nice weather too! Nice drawings! Say hello to Casey from me!
Oh, wow!!! You and Paul and Casey and San Francisco! What fun you all had—I LOVE seeing both of your versions of the same scene! I hope to be able someday to see YOUR sketches in person. I have seen Casey’s many times and have been lucky enough to have had lots of sketching adventures with her, so I know how delightful she and her work are. Paul, too ;D.
Thank you for sharing all of this with the rest of us, Jana!
Two of my favourite bloggers in one post! That’s amazing and I’m sure you had a fabulous time!
Thanks for sharing this delightful post Jana…letting us see the fun you and Casey had! I haven’t seen her yet, just coming back myself, but I’m anxious to see and hear all about it first hand! Great sketches by the both of you and as everybody always enjoyes seeing…the difference in approach and styles. Superbe! Hopefully Casey will also post her other stuff soon..
You look great! I would love to hear from you.
Hope to see your Mom in July 2010.
Love, Aunt Frances