Ready, Set, Sketch at Healdsburg Plaza

Last Saturday I met up with the Ready, Set,Sketchers group at the Healdsburg Plaza for a morning of sketching followed by lunch at Wurst. Not wanting to sit down in one place and do a detailed sketch, I set a time limit of 30 minutes on each spot and moved around.


fountain pen and watercolor in 7 X 10″ Stillman & Birn beta series sketchbook

I overdid the girth of the column here, but that’s what happens when I get interested in something and don’t take time to measure. Healdsburg is such a combination of local people hanging out side by side with legions of happy visitors who travel in packs from tasting rooms to shops to restaurants, lending a party atmosphere the place.


The Plaza is ringed by enticing boutiques and permeated with the aromas of fine foods.It was tricky on that Saturday morning to get out of the way of the parade of visitors on the sidewalk.  I found a little patch of grass under a tree and thought I’d play it safe and stay outside on the sidewalk and stick to drawing. I did try on one of these hats at Bella and was sorely tempted!


But then I was drawn to another shop, One O One, where the sun was shining on the display in the window. Mannikins are the best subjects when you want to relax. They are well behaved and never move!

The Ready, Set, Sketchers meet in Sonoma County locations on the second Saturday of every month and you’re welcome to join in.



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