Sketchcrawl Schedule

Save these 2012 dates:
December, 2012 No Sketchcrawl planned.

November 17, 2012 

Hakone Estate and Gardens
21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

Do not block walks, please
$7.00 entry fee

Visitor info and directions:

Special features:
The oldest Asian Garden in Western Hemisphere, mature bamboo, etc
Koi and turtle ponds
Moon Viewing House--built without nails in the traditional manner
Zen House
Gift shop

October 13,  10:00 am-1:00 pm World Wide Sketchcrawl #37
We will meet at 10:00 AM 
Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company
101 West Main Street 
Los Gatos 95030 
Located on West Main between Santa Cruz Ave and University Ave

The historic town of Los Gatos beckons us for October's World Wide Sketchcrawl. Find a place to sit and sketch. Historic buildings and Victorian trimmed cottages abound. Of particular interest is the Forbes Mill History Museum which opens at 11:00 am. Located at 75 Church St, Los Gatos, CA 95030. Ask the docent if you want to sketch inside--pencil only most likely. 

Info: Visiting Los Gatos

We will reconvene at 1:00 PM at
Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company
101 West Main Street 
Los Gatos 95030 

September 22, 2012

Pillar Point Harbor
1 Johnson Pier 

Half Moon Bay, 94019

10:30 AM - 2:30PM

At our last Sketchcrawl we decided to go to Half Moon Bay and will be gathering at Pillar Point Harbor's parking lot. Because of the distance, Pierre, a regular,  has offered to drive his van which seats up to 10. If you are interested in going with Pierre please leave a message via this blog. Regular sketchers can contact Pierre directly.   

If you plan to drive on your own: 
About 3-4 miles north of Half Moon Bay, take a left from HWY 1 at light onto Capistrano Rd., and then left again onto side road with parking lots. We will be meeting in the big lot on the left about 10:30 AM.

Schedule for the day:
Leave from Pierre's place at 9:15 AM and return from Pillar Point at 2:30 PM arriving Mountain View about 4 PM. Lunch is brown bag, or at restaurants in Pillar Point as you wish.

Pillar Point is one of my favorite places to sketch. There is a major pier with fishing and sailing boats coming in and out of the harbor, a small beach, also good views from the upper parking area. Farther along on the road there are more views. There is also a small park where one can walk to a good view point (below the Naval Lighthouse).

August 18, 2012 10-12: 30PM
Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto CA
Meet in front of La Baguette in central area of mall across from Louis Vuitton.

This shopping center has lots of people, central seating area for sipping coffee, or eating a pastry, and sketching. Plenty of shaded seating and beautiful flowers are in bloom, too. Shopping spree at your own discretion!

Find it at 

July 14  10:30-1:00 PM
World-wide Sketchcrawl #36
Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival
Rinconada Park
Embarcadero Road near Newell Road
Palo Alto CA

This festival features professional handmade clay and glass works. There will be clay and glass bead demonstrations, gourmet foods and  wine. This event has been well attended in the past, so be prepared for lots of people. It might help to bring a stool as seating is limited in the park.

More info:

Click on the Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival link on the left of the home page for details and event schedule. 

June 23, 2012 12:30-3:00 PM
Shoreline Park, Mountain View CA

It's summer and time to check out our lovely Shoreline Park. Because the area has so much to offer we won't have a 12:30 meeting. Just pick one or more spots for sketching when you arrive. Plan to meet up at 3 PM in the Kite Flying area for 'show and tell'. The Kite Flying area is about 0.1 miles from  the entrance to  the park. Restrooms located at the boat house. Bring hat/visor, sunscreen and a light jacket in case the wind is cool that day.
To reach Shoreline at Mountain View directly from the south, take Hwy 101 to the Shoreline Blvd. Exit. Make a right onto Shoreline Blvd. which leads directly into the main entrance of the park. From the north, take Hwy 101 south, exit at Amphitheatre Parkway, then turn left at Shoreline Blvd. and continue straight to the park entrance. 

Sketching opportunities:

Kite Flyers: The kite flying area is located about 0.1 miles from the Entrance Gate on your right as you enter. Some serous kiters, unique kites and lots of action there according to Pierre.

Boating and radio controlled boat racing located at the Shoreline Lake Boat House. Follow the signs.

Wild life plus hikers, bikers, picnickers, etc. and scenic views all over the place.

May 19, 2012 Saturday  10:00 AM - 12:00 N 
Location: The Main Gallery's courtyard 

1018 Main Street
Redwood City  CA  94063 
(near the corner of Main and Middlefield)

The plan is to sketch for 2 hours, have lunch if we want, and then take off for Silicon Valley Open Studios in the area.

Alana's Cafe is right next door to the gallery & the food is very good, if we want to have lunch. Both the gallery and cafe are located in historic Victorian style houses which share a lovely courtyard. It is shady and has benches--perfect for sketching. Sketching opportunities include the Victorian style houses, a busy downtown area that is a half block away, and other interesting buildings. 

The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with over 20 members, showcases the work of some of the best local talent in the Bay Area. On the plus side, the gallery has an interesting art exhibit on view.

April 21, 2012 1:00-3:30 pm
World-wide Sketchcrawl #35
Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden 
Located at Santa Teresa and Lomita Drive
Stanford University Campus, Palo Alto CA

The Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden contains 40 wood and stone carvings of people, animals, and magical beings that illustrate creation stories and cultural traditions. Ten artists from the inland Sepik River area created the sculptures on-site during a five-month visit in 1994. The garden is always open.

The Papua New Guinea Garden is P1 on the map: