Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sketchcrawl 2/19/2011 Results

Two of us hunkered down to sketch at Coffee & More in Sunnyvale on a cold and rainy day. The cafe is located in the historic Del Monte building that was built over 100 years ago. It served first as a drying facility for the famous fruits of Santa Clara Valley. The products were shipped to San Francisco and other outlets on the nearby railroad. Later the building was used a place for growing seedlings. The city of Sunnyvale maintains a heritage orchard containing apricot trees that previously blanketed the area. The orchard is located next to the Community Center and Heritage Park Museum. http://www.heritageparkmuseum.org/  Seeing the orchard in full bloom, and then purchasing the fruit in early summer is a special treat.

Rizzuto: View from Coffee & More, Sunnyvale CA

Wang: Hardy's Bavarian Restaurant

Wang: Relaxing at Coffee & More

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sketchcrawls April 16, and May 21, 2011

April 16, 2011 1-3:30 PM
World-wide Sketchcrawl Date!

We will  be meeting 1-3:30 at 
Mission San Jose Church in Fremont
Location: Intersection of Washington Blvd. and Mission Blvd, at 43300 Mission Blvd.
Meet on front steps of church, or meet at 12 for lunch--see below.

Across the street is the Olive Hyde Gallery. Their 43rd Annual Textile Exhibit will be on view. These exhibits always receive excellent reviews. Open 12-5 Sat.

Lunch: Mission Coffee & More--gourmet soups, sandwiches & salads. Receives 4-5 stars in reviews.
Located next to Olive Hyde Gallery on Washington Blvd.
I suggest meeting at 12 N for lunch, and then proceed to sketching in the area.
May 21, 2011 10-12:30 PM  
ALERT--Time change for warm weather
Rancho San Antonio
Cristo Rey Drive
Cupertino CA
Meet at first upper parking lot on your left.

Directions:    http://www.sccgov.org/portal/site/parks (search for 'rancho san antonio')
Free Parking

Sketching suggestions:
  • Plenty of scenic views
  • Walk about a mile to the Farm--goats, pigs, chickens, sheep, rabbits.
  • Wildlife: if we are lucky, deer, hawks, coyotes, blue herons. 
  • Warm weather alert: watch for rattlesnakes

Monday, February 7, 2011

World-wide Sketchcrawl 1/22/2011 RESULTS

The largest group since our inception met at the Stanford University Campus. New sketchers from the San Jose, Berkeley and Santa Cruz joined us to capture the varied features of the campus. Thanks to John who photographed the group and its creative efforts. Rizzuto and Wang were there in spirit and their sketches are included. Several of the participating sketchers are also part of the Urbansketchers-Bay Area group. You can view their drawings at  http://urbansketchers-bayarea.blogspot.com/  See entries dated January, 24 and 26, 2011. It is wonderful that we are seeing crossover between the 2 groups--enriching for all of us! 

Sketchers enjoying a bite to eat before sketching for the afternoon. 

It was a beautiful sunny day at Stanford, and a very productive day for everyone. A good time was had by all!
 Suhita: Memorial Church, Stanford University, Palo alto CA

 Suhita: Hoover Tower and students using 
their favorite mode of transportation around the large campus.

 Suhita:  Palm trees and architecture at Stanford University.

 John Ediger's rendition of one of the statues at entrance to Cantor Visual Arts Center.

 John's sister who came from Marin county to join the fun.

John E.'s sketch one of the many sculptures in the Rodin Sculpture Garden.

Wang: Monterey Canning Co.

P. Uszynski: Bronze in the Sun
Rizzuto: Rodin Sculpture Garden