Berkeley Bagels' Umbrellas, Gilman St., ink & watercolor

Berkeley Bagels' Umbrellas, Gilman St., ink & watercolor

Berkeley Bagels was closed but their café tables and chairs were conveniently chained to the sidewalk, creating a nice spot to sit and sketch as the sun was going down a couple Tuesday nights ago.

I had so much fun drawing as more and more of the landscape revealed itself to me. First I was just going to draw the umbrella , but then there were the chairs behind it, and the next table and umbrella. The telephone pole appeared and had to be drawn and then the elevated concrete BART tracks and the electric pole behind it. When a BART train streaked by I added it, trying to remember what I saw.

Corner of Gilman and Northside, Berkeley

Corner of Gilman and Northside, Berkeley

I sketched this standing in the street on Northside, my back to Berkeley Natural Grocery. The street lamp must be left over from some previous incarnation of the corner. There are two of them, standing incongruously on each side of a funky little car repair shop. It took so long to draw the lamp that my sketchbuddies were ready to move on before I could draw the buildings on the next corner beyond the fence so I just threw in some paint for the sunset and the “distance.”

I’m enjoying using the stronger color I can get from adding some more opaque colors to my palette, such as cadmium orange, cad red light and cerulean blue. I used to have a “rule” about using only the most transparent colors but after working with oil paints I wanted to be able to get some of that “body” in my watercolors too.

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  1. Your art is simply said: Beautiful! I really do love them.

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  2. Always nice, new, refreshing, and always – Jana 🙂 Beautiful.

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  3. I really enjoy seeing your world through your sketches!

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  4. I love the look of your work. Free-hand style. Very nice. Thanks.

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  5. The colors are fabulous here!! And I love that umbrella scene with the Bart train in the background. Truly looks like a lovely day and a wonderful place to sit alone and sketch/paint! Thank you so much for taking time to send such a wonderful reply to my comment! And, I’m so happy that I could have given you some inspiration, since I get some every time I come here!

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  6. Another fun sketch night, Jana….I love the flowers in the wooden planter– Your opaque colors work wonderfully here, and I am going to have to try using mine more often. Also love the umbrellas and background of train and sky, and the sky behind the planter is gorgeous..,too.
    annie

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  7. The umbrellas scene is great – strong composition, real sense of place, striking colours… lovely. I’m envious of your increasingly strong plein-air watercolours – mine seem to get increasingly washy…

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