Clark Kerr Campus Building 14, ink & watercolor

Clark Kerr Campus Building 14, ink & watercolor

Tuesday night we sketched at UC Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Campus. Built in the 1930’s as a residential school for the deaf, it now serves as home to hundreds of university students and 200 low-income seniors in a peaceful setting of mission style architecture, courtyards and sunny lawns, located just behind rowdy Fraternity Row.

Clark Kerr at Sunset, ink & watercolor

Clark Kerr at Sunset, ink & watercolor

With the students gone for the summer and few of the elderly out and about, we had the place to ourselves. We met at Derby and Claremont and tried to stay in the light, moving west to follow the sun as it set. I enjoyed painting on site, trying to capture the light instead of making many drawings and adding color later as my sketching pals like to do.

Read this brief, wonderfully scandalous “get-even” tale by one of the facility’s elder low-income residents about her earlier life as a mistress to a rich, powerful man who was a member of the Bohemian Club (as was Bush). What a story and how bizarre to find it while Googling for info about the campus.

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  1. How lovely watercolor paintings! Check my page of art too.

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  2. Looks good:) A great suggestion for a location too; I haven’t been there before.

    I had a question about your pencils. Are you blending them prior to putting the color on the paper? I was just curious (after having discovered parchment paper) about what material you blended them on.

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    • Hi Libby, Yes, it is a really nice location. I’m not sure I understand your question but I think you might be asking about when I used colored pencils on a different post. This was done with regular watercolor. When I used the watercolor pencils on the Gilman Auto sketch, I blended them dry on the paper, as if I was using regular colored pencils. Then I added water and because I’d put down too much pigment the colors were wildly bright. Does that answer your question? Are you supposed to blend them on another piece of paper? I’m not very experienced with their use. Jana

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  3. What a beautiful couple of sketches! I love how you captured the tile roof and architecture in it’s uniqueness. You obviously got your drawing juju back!

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  4. very few artists bring enthusiasm into my life.Your sketches are a gift to me and the location was so wisely chosen that it restores my confidence in US.Thank you dear Jana

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  5. This are beautiful Jana.

    Now I must go and read the scandal 😀

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  6. What an amusing woman! It would be fun to hear her stories, I’m sure! These are wonderful paintings. I’m curious though, how the elderly enjoy living there next to the college students!

    Oh, and I loved your last post. Do wish I lived there so I could take a class!

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  7. This is a beautiful location and the colors are wonderful…warm and inviting.

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  8. A beautiful blend of colors in these paintings, Jana!

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  9. Lovely colours in the first sketch, Jana.

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