wild flower bread

A Celebration of S.F. Urban Sketchers!

Saturday was a day full of jubilation. So many things to celebrate – a gorgeous sunny day in San Francisco, sketching at Mission Creek with 60 some urban sketchers – a party at Arch Art Supply afterwards to celebrate the 5th anniversary of S.F. Urban Sketchers and their generous new sponsorship of  group – ending with the official opening of the 10X10 urban sketch workshop series in the San Francisco Bay Area. This workshop series is happening in cities all over the world to celebrate yet another anniversary – the 10th year of Urban Sketchers worldwide – with 10 local workshops. I know, its a lot. But definitely an exciting time to be sketching in the Bay Area.

The workshops are filling up fast, so take a look at the offerings soon if you’re interested. I’ll be teaching workshop #10 on June 10, Sketch Vignettes to Share the Story That Interests YOU!  In this workshop, held in the picturesque west Sonoma County town of Freestone, we’ll use ink and and watercolor and explore tools for quickly getting to the story YOU most want to tell in your sketch using ideas of vignette design. Visit my website and contact me for more information and I’ll tell you how to register.

missioncreek fountain pen and w/c in 8 X 8″ Hand.book sketchbook

I get so excited when I’m in the city and want to go for the big picture, even if there’s no time for details. Imagine the S.F. Bay right behind the stadium and entrance.


There were soo many sketches of this houseboat! I think it was the antlers that attracted us all, along with a lovely strip of grass in the sun to perch on our little stools.




Holiday time with family

Happy New Year! Much of the blogging world is reviewing the past year around this time. I find the whole idea a bit exhausting. It’s been a busy week, with lots of visiting and mostly, well, eating!

What do you do the day after Christmas with family visiting? We drove out to our local treasure of a bakery, Wild Flower Bread in Freestone to savor the gooey, delicious savory and sweet breads fresh from the oven.  Mmmmmm!


You walk in to see a mountain of golden breads and melt into the aroma of fresh baked. . .


Then off to Doran Beach for a brisk walk. Brrrr! We were treated to the sight of a pod of dolphins surfing in the waves.


Then home for more eating, this time the younger ones feeding us a lovely meal. (Droob is a nickname for Andrew, one of many).