View from Pt. Isabel Bridge #1, ink & watercolor, 6x8"

View from Pt. Isabel Bridge #1, ink & watercolor, 6×8″

Very near my home is Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline, with the world’s largest and most beautiful dog park. It is situated on the San Francisco Bay directly in line with the Golden Gate Bridge. There are views of San Francisco, wetland marshes and the East Bay hills looking east. I love dogs and don’t have one so I often go down there to walk the trails and enjoy other people’s dogs.

In the sketch above, I stood on the wooden bridge over the marsh and tried to capture everything, the marsh, the freeway, the buildings behind it and the hills beyond. Too much, really, for a small 8×6 sketchbook.

View from Pt. Isabel Bridge #2, ink & watercolor, 6x8"

View from Pt. Isabel Bridge #2, ink & watercolor, 6×8″

On my next visit it was extremely windy and I almost lost my sketchbook and a brush over the top of the wooden bridge rail I was using for a table. The light wasn’t very interesting, very flat with no shadows.

View from Pt. Isabel Bridge #3, ink & watercolor, 6x8"

View from Pt. Isabel Bridge #3, ink & watercolor, 6×8″

On the third visit the tide was in and the area in the first two sketches was mostly underwater so I turned to face west with San Francisco and the bridges in the distance.

I don’t feel that I did the scene justice in any of these sketches and hesitated posting them, but will return again and keep trying until I’m happier with the result.

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Ink and watercolor wash, Landscape, Outdoors/Landscape, Painting, Places, Plein Air, Sketchbook Pages
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  1. I’m glad you decided to post them. They are very dramatic. What a wonderful place to be able to go to and draw. Looks like a motif that you should explore further!

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    • Thanks Aletha for your visit and the nice comments you’ve been leaving. I really appreciate it. I love that word “motif” –it’s one I learned fairly recently. Jana

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  2. Each sketch is lovely in its’ own way, but I love the colors in the first one you posted. I hope you will do more studies there. I was thinking that you have painted in so many interesting places that your sketches would make a great book. Think about it!

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    • Thank you Cynthia! What a nice thing to say. I will definitely do more studies there. I tend to keep doing something until I “get it” and I definitely haven’t yet. Jana

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  3. I just love all your sketches and paintings and think they have so much sparkle and life in them. I love the area you are painting and have been to a lot of the places.

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  4. Hi Jana, I’m partial to the first one although they’re all very nice. The depth of color in the foreground is so appealing!
    I think a book would be a great idea!

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  5. I like the first sketch, especially the city.

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  6. Very good job on something I would think would be not the easiest subject matter.

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  7. I admire your persistence. The first sketch was very cool! I don’t know how you’d improve on that!

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