Home again after an inspiring and adventurous ten days in California.  Great people, great landscapes, great food and great weather.

San Francisco Streets

One of my goals was to play with the perspective of the streets during the two days I spent in the city of San Francisco.

Slanted streets and houses

The one day in San Franciso that I planned to sketch rather than walk and snap photos, it began to rain as soon as I put ink to paper.

Slanted landscapes everywhere

Most of my time was spent drawing and painting on Moffett Field in Mountain View and exploring the hills in the surrounding area.  Though I love the beauty of the flat landscape in New Jersey where I live, I feel more connected with the slanted and rolling landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Pacific Ocean Reflections

In addition to slanted landscapes, reflections and shadows turned out to be threads that wove the fabric of my trip.

Pacific Ocean Seaweed Shadows

Already, I  look forward to returning, perhaps in January, to teach another Color Scheme Game Workshop not only in Santa Rosa., but in Mountain View and San Francisco as well.  In addition to the Color Scheme Game Workshop I’ll be teaching a Color Value Workshop in Santa Rosa. (Thanks again, Joanie Springer, for helping to make this such a successful trip!  Thank you Kristen and Zak at Village Art Supply for hosting a last minute workshop in the middle of your amazing art store! )

Photos taken in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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During the late 70’s while attending Massachusetts College, I lived with a wonderful family.  though I wasn’t officially their Nanny, I bonded with Jacob, Matt and Suzie, three unbelievable young children who  captured my heart.  I gave Mike a break and ventured on my own to reconnect with Suzie, Matt and San Francisco.  Last time I was in SF I was fourteen years old, stringing glass beads (I still have them) and going to The Fillmore West to see Chuck Berry (just released from jail) and Jefferson Airplane.

A block from the Cal Train station I found the Zeum Carousel.

Zeum Carousel, San Francisco

Two rides for $3.00.  I couldn’t resist.

Outdoor Shower

After walking to golden Gate Park, drawing and painting along the way, and visiting Loved to Death, I headed to Suzie’s for a fabulous evening of reconnecting and meeting the next generation.  A shower outdoors, in the middle of San Francisco, began my next day, a day of drawing in ink in the rain……

A ride on Suzie’s slide will have to wait for my next trip. I’m packing a sheet of wax paper.

The day ended with a night at the aquarium (California Academy of Science) topped off an incredible two days.  The sea horses are beyond description….. drawings to follow ……

As a thank you, I left a morning painting on Suzie’s table…

Suzie’s Kitchen

I hope to return in January to teach a few more Color Scheme Game Workshops and to play with the bizarre perspective of the streets.

Image:  Suzie’s Kitchen – drawn first with fountain pen followed by watercolor.