one of the most lovely settings for a workshop with a big airy well lit room and just a block from the picturesque main streets of Pleasanton, where we spent most of our time sketching on location. The students were such good sports as I put them through the paces of timed sketches and public “exposure” to overcome the timidity we all share when doing art in public.
and then lunchtime sketching. . .hard to be too discreet when there are several people lined up with sketchbooks studying the patrons. Somehow these folks never noticed. The trick is to order and then do the pen sketch and color before the food comes. . .adding the menu, date, and other comments afterward. If you ever get to Pleasanton check out the Rising Loafer Cafe and Bakery. Their bread and sandwiches are to die for.
After lunch we walked over to the historic Kottinger’s Barn to do timed sketches. It now houses Milfleur gift shop and garden. I promised the class we could do a pen and watercolor sketch in 15 minutes and then I had to show them while they timed me. Yikes! You just put your pen to paper and move it from subject to subject in a kind of tapestry for about 10 minutes and then fill it in with color. Then it was their turn, and we spent the afternoon at this fascinating place.
It’s rare that you get such a cooperative subject, but the owner’s dog was taking his afternoon siesta next to the front door. At one point Luca opened one eye, took a brief look and settled back into slumber.
That was the end of day one. I took pictures of the students’ sketches as well and will be sharing them, maybe even in a slide show (if I can figure out how to post that!)