Pumping Something in Snow Park, ink & watercolor

Pumping Something in Snow Park, ink & watercolor

I don’t know what they were pumping out of the ground but the name on the truck—”Environliners”—made me think I probably wouldn’t want to know. It was a gorgeous summer day and I was determined to get outside for a few minutes at lunchtime. I spent it eating a take-out salad and sketching in Snow Park across the street from our building in Oakland.

Our office culture is to eat with co-workers in the office kitchen and get right back to work since there’s always more to do than hours in the day. We’ve even been trying to figure out how to add a new month to the calendar to fit it all in.  But some days you have to forget about all that and just enjoy the moment and the all-too-rare sunshine in the Bay Area this summer.

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  1. I’ll bet you will get more work done in the afternoon after getting away from your desk for a quick sketch break.

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  2. I agree with Donna. You get a lot done and sketching is renewing as well as productive. I think that kind of rest will add healthy years to our lives. But I’d only spend enough time with the work gang to stay socially in touch. annie

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  3. And have fun! nice little sketch and you were able to enjoy the sun and breathe fresh air.

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  4. Good to take a break, get outside, breathe fresh air and sketch! I wonder how office cultures like that get started—ours is the same. As I drive from house to house to work I end up eating lunch in the car as much as anything……on those rare days when I actually stop somewhere for a few minutes and take a break I find the rest of the day is more enjoyable. You’ve inspired me to actually take time to sketch next time!

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  5. You have a gift for making the mundane mysterious and funny and sort of affectionate. This picture says exactly what you were thinking–here’s a scene I don’t understand at all, but that’s all right, it’s fun. This picture has the feel of those watercolor sketches popular in the 1940’s…back when we had garbage trucks, not enviroliners, a word which reminds me of a very pro-green vacation cruise.

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