Nature map, ink and watercolor

Nature map, ink and watercolor

After having a rough day, I met Cathy in front of the Northbrae Church at the top of Solano in Berkeley to sketch. I considered staying home, feeling crummy, but knew if I went out sketching I would start feeling better. So I sat on some steps and drew a sort of map (above) of all the nature around me to get warmed up.

Next I sketched the street signs in front of my parked car (below).

Parking at Northbrae and Ferrari Foods, Ink & Watercolor

Parking and Ferrari Foods, Ink & Watercolor

Then we walked a block north to Solano and sketched the interior of Ferrari Foods (above), which was closed. One worker was inside cleaning up. When he finished and turned off the lights we walked around a bit looking for our next target, realized we were freezing and moved indoors to Cactus Taqueria.

Don't Play With the Fountain, ink and watercolor

Don't Play With the Fountain, ink and watercolor

Despite the sign on the fountain telling parents not to let their children play with the fountain, children wandering around while their parents finished dinner in the family-friendly Mexican cafeteria found it irresistable. One tot helped himself to a nice long drink of water from one of the streams while the young man sitting beside me yelled “No!” and asked around whose kid it was, dismayed to see him drinking the recycled water. Nobody responded and the kid eventually wandered back to his family, who seemed unworried.

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  1. I’ve been feeling pretty crummy too, but this is such a nice, easy idea, I think I will go out and do some sketching. I haven’t sketched in ages.

    Fun stuff!

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  2. I always feel better if I have taken the time to do something nice for my self like a page in my journal. Hope you are feeling better.

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  3. I look forward to your sketchcrawl postings. It is like I get to leave the house without actually having to leave the house! Thanks:)

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  4. Way to get out there and participate in life! I especially enjoyed the sketch and anecdote about the fountain. I could just see the scenario unfolding before me.

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  5. Good for you for finding the strength to get out the door! Moving is almost always the right answer for a myriad of issues, and we benefit from your sketches. Win-win!!! Hope today is better.

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