Gilman Auto Berkeley, ink & watercolor pencil

Gilman Auto Berkeley, ink & watercolor pencil

After Barbara and I took a walk, she picked up her car at the Smog Zone (behind Gilman Auto in Berkeley) and I sketched the car repair shop. I got tricked by the angle of the overhanging roof on the right but I drew it in ink so there it is, wonky as can be.

While drawing I sat in the middle of a planting bed on something not meant as a seat in front of the fancy new McDonalds across the street. I wanted to hurry since I kept expecting to be asked to get out of there (plus the scent of their burgers frying always reminds me of the smell of the boys’ locker room at the high school gym).

So instead of messing with watercolor I used the watercolor pencils I’ve started carrying for quick getaways when it’s not convenient to use water. I was surprised how much brighter and more saturated the color was after I added the water later at home and so wiped some of it off.

Pyramid Brewery, ink & watercolor

Pyramid Brewery, ink & watercolor

That evening Sonia and I met at Pyramid Brewery for Tuesday night sketching. We were both a little out of sorts so it was great to unwind, chat over dinner and a beer, and of course, draw. These guys (above) were wonderful models. They barely changed position and didn’t leave until I finished them. When Pyramid turned the lights down at 9:00 we headed home feeling much better than when we arrived.

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  1. I love your wonky roof! If I’d done it I’d have hated it, but it’s perfectly charming! And the sketch from the ale house is also fun. You sure know how to handle your out of sorts mood, a friend and sketching, even better, a sketching friend!

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    • I was pleased I was able to accept the wonkiness and not get upset by it like I might have on another day. And it’s true, there’s nothing better than a visit with a friend, especially a sketching friend, to get cheered up. Jana

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  2. Those tricky awnings! I swear, it’s like they move when you look down and when you look back up again, it’s all different! Nice sketches! 😀

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