With the Stay-at-Home order, I devoted some times to sewing face masks. I haven’t touched my sewing machine for over 20 years but I pulled it out to join the many who are sewing face masks. After viewing quite a number of videos of different patterns and how-tos and on top of trying to figure out why the stitches look like a mess, I finally came up with a pattern and a rhythm in sewing the face masks to give out to friends, neighbors and family.
My weekend was busy with people sketching. This time I went to the Square Tomato Arts and Crafts Fair this past weekend. Sketched vendors, shoppers, musicians…tried to get a couple of volunteers to pose for me but no go.
Let’s Draw Davis sketchcrawl group met yesterday at the Davis Farmers Market. The weather was perfect after a week of rain and so it was packed with people. I capture the facepainting lady who is there every week. And then I attempted some people sketching…I was captivated with what people were wearing…such as the man with the red pants who was carrying a purple bag and wearing an oversized coat.
I spend Saturday morning at the Community Park where most of the recreational soccer games were played. Just to sketch people…parents watching the games and the young soccer players.
I had been following Jieko on Instagram. Especially her sketches of people. I found by exaggerating the figures I felt I could captured people easier, more gestural.
Below sketch first the soccer players in watercolor. Afterward did a gestural outline of the figures.
I had been more into sketching buildings lately especially after taking the Sketchbook Skool course on Urbansketching.
In Davis, I was drawn to these very old apartments that I’ve seen for over 30 years. Located next to them was a sandwich shop that I took my then very young sons after a play at the park. What struck me about these apartments was the entry facade, not often seen in modern day buildings.
Nearby to the apartments are these very new townhomes. Colors and brickworks are what makes these modern day places unique.
A month later I ate at one of my favorite places in Woodland, California. A hole in a wall place that served Italian and Scandinavian cuisune. They are known for their outdoor oven.
With my busy schedules, sketching allows me to satisfy that need to draw and paint. My sketches are done in Moleskine sketchbook, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2. I usually have my TWSBI fountain pen with Noodler’s Lexington Grey ink and waterbrush attached to the Moleskine. If I have time in the early morning brushes and water on the dining table ready for a quick watercolor painting. And of course, my coffee.
I had been looking high and low for a bag that would carry my sketching supplies as well as my personal items. The criteria is that it would not get heavy on long walks but feels light when I’m running around town doing errands. The beauty of a Timbuk2 is their very adjustable strap. With just one flick I can adjust the strap without taking the whole bag off.
In my Timbuk2 Metro bag I carry my sketching supplies such as a small Moleskine Sketchbook, a Cotman Watercolor Pocket set, waterbrush, fountain pen and mechanical pencil. Also my personal items – wallet, tissue, lotion, smart phone, Epipen, waterbottle ….
Materials: Moleskine sketchbook, watercolor, TWSBI fountain pen filled with Noodlers’ Lexington Ink.
My husband and I spent a few days in San Francisco. (It was a much needed rest from caring for my mother 24/7).
We stayed in a hotel right in the heart of downtown San Francisco. From our window view I can see the construction workers on the future Mexican Contemporary Art Museum.
After our visit at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), we relaxed at Yerba Buena Park. Despite the cool breezy wind, many other people also relaxed in this beautiful park.
After breakfast in the following morning we stopped again at Yerba Buena Park. I was able to get a few sketches of people in while they were doing either Tai Chi, Chi Gung or dancing to music. I believe there’s a senior center nearby. Also I sketched in the rock garden there.
The annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour happened on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. This year private residential gardens were opened up throughout Davis. I was assigned to a small backyard garden but it was packed with native Californian plants and hidden spaces and planters with vegetables.
One of these pieces or maybe both will appear in the Garden Tour Exhibit at the Pence Gallery during June. The opening reception will be June 8th.