Sketching San Pablo Ave to Peets

Sketching San Pablo Ave to Peets

Monday night Cathy and I did a little sketching around San Pablo Avenue between Albany and El Cerrito, not the most inspiring of locales it turns out. It amused me that the palm tree above had an Available for Lease sign just in front of it, though it was actually a space in the building behind it (that I didn’t draw) that was for lease. The other pics above are of the Albany bowl and inside Peets Coffee where we ended the evening.

Old West Gun Room

Old West Gun Room

We started at the Old Gun Room, a still-functioning, historic gun store that is terribly out of place and time. I was having trouble paying close attention to detail last night, and drew  the N in “Guns” on the sign backwards, as well as adding an extra wagon wheel in the fence. I think I did a better job last time I drew and painted the Gun Room when I painted it on site.

Hotsy Totsy Club, Albany

Hotsy Totsy Club, Albany

I like the way the Hotsy-Totsy sign came out, though I’m not sure what happened to the perspective: I KNOW I couldn’t have seen the top of the sign. But I was really hungry at that point and was having even more trouble paying attention to details. By the way, the Hotsy-Totsy Club is anything but! It opens around 7 a.m. (need I say more?).(UPDATE: the club has new owners and a new clientele and a fun retro vibe; see my newer post here).

Cathy likes to sketch on site in order to capture more images, and then adds paint at home.  I don’t usually do that, preferring to paint on site,  but tried it last night. After I’d done all the cross-hatching on the windows and door area, trying to shade them, I looked at what Cathy was doing and saw that she just does the outlines without any cross-hatching when she’s going to paint the images later. I think that makes more sense and allows the watercolor to do the shading rather than the incongruous scribbly ink that was too dark.

We decided that next week we’ll go somewhere pretty and away from traffic, like the Berkeley Rose Garden.

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  1. I really like that you sketches of the local area. Warming up for SketchCrawl, eh?

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  2. On! My stars! I saw the “Hotsy Totsy” sign and was whizzed right back to those Bob Hope movies.

    So, yes, I laughed. OUT LOUD!
    Thanks, Jana.

    For the kiddies.. “Oh! To–night’ll be a beauty. A real yup-ta-hooty! I’m sprucin’ up to loosen up an’ have spree. I got a hotsy-totsy feelin’…

    Oh- go Google “Paleface.” Or was it the sequel?

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    • Oh, if only the Hotsy-Totsy Club was so grand as those old movies. This one sadly is a real dive, that opens early for those who prefer a drink for breakfast. But I will definitely see if I can check out Paleface. It sounds like a hoot! (or a yup-ta-hooty!). Jana

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  3. Hi Jana, You look like you have so much fun doing the sketch crawl. The drawings are wonderful.

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  4. I missed this one – wish I could have come along. The Hotsy-Totsy club is my favorite!

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  5. dear Jana:you bring joy mto my gloomy winter Sunday(Chile)
    your sketches amuse me Thank you very much

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    • Thanks for the reminder that it’s winter there. I always forget and think that because you’re south of me it would be warmer there. I was watching a video series (a sort of historical drama/mystery) designed to teach Spanish to English speakers. I remember the episode when the woman lawyer researching the case went from Los Angeles to Argentina forgetting about the seasonal difference and had no winter clothes. Jana

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