Emeryville Marina Chevys Sign at Sunset, ink & watercolor

Emeryville Marina Chevy's Sign at Sunset, ink & watercolor

(Apologies for posting twice–forgot to include all three images the first time).
I noticed this palm tree-lined street when I was exiting Highway 80 in Emeryville and suggested it as a place for our Urban Sketchers group to meet. I guess the directions I provided to the spot weren’t very good because everyone else went down to the end of the marina and I sketched alone all evening.

Photo of sketch before I painted it

Photo of sketch before I painted it

I knew we’d meet at Chevy’s Mexican Restaurant at 8:30 so I wasn’t worried. This was one of those really fun drawings where I started by deciding what I most wanted to fit on the page (the lamp post, palm trees, Chevy’s sign and water). I started with the lamp post because I could use it to figure out where other things lined up to it. And then I just kept seeing and drawing more and more until it was all in there.

photo of the scene

photo of the scene (slightly different angle)

I painted the sketch just as the sunset was at its brightest and everything looked so pretty, pink and yellow. It’s such a lovely spot, and yet so urban, within a couple blocks of two major freeways and the entrance to the Bay Bridge. You can see Cathy’s sketches of  the bay bridge and the freeway on our Urban Sketchers Bay Area blog.

Drawing, Emeryville, Ink and watercolor wash, Landscape, Outdoors/Landscape, Painting, Places, Sketchbook Pages, Urban Sketchers
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Join the conversation! 5 Comments

  1. I like the way you interpreted the scene! You got all the important parts in your painting. Cool!


  2. Just wanted to say thanks…I have started to get outside to sketch …your posting has inspired me…


  3. Jana, the colors in your sketch are exquisite. Beautiful rendition of the reflection of sunset!


  4. a lot of interesting things all packed into one venue! looks like it was very fun to draw


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