Monday, July 29, 2013

San Diego Urban Sketchers at the Obon Festival

Obon Festival, Me Too!

I was there too!  I had a name badge on and everything.  I was working the Obon Festival event and had to do my sketching when I could, which was about 24 hours before the rest of the sketchers showed up and after I had the venue set up.

Wasn't a lot, but it made me happy to do something.  I'm the one that does signs.  A Japanese American festival is a fabulous place to draw signs.  The one on the left with the light blue background has something to do with one of the kids' games.  The Gold Fish Game sign is definitely a kid game sign.  The dark blue background one came from the front of the Japanese American Cultural Center.  No idea what it says - hope it isn't "do not draw this sign..."

Obon Festival, Vista, California

The Obon Festival was held this weekend at the Vista Buddhist Temple. Several Urban Sketchers met to draw the activities and had a challenge with the rapidly moving Taiko Drummers from UC Irvine. One of our urban sketchers, Carol Bonomo  was our hostess and event coordinator of the festival. Rachel Kopel, another urban sketcher gave demonstrations on Etegami in the cultural center.

Dominique Eichi's sketch

Lydia Velarde's sketch

Taiko Drumming

San Diego Urban Sketchers

Rachel Kopel at the Etegami table

Group of sketchers

 Koto Music Performance

Carol Bonomo event coordinator and urban sketcher.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Lindo Lake Park, Lakeside, CA

Two San Diego Urban Sketchers met at Lindo Lake Park in Lakeside this morning. There were plenty of things to draw, mostly people walking their dogs, children playing and people fishing. We chose to sketch the lake, ducks and squirrels.
Pen and ink with Watercolor, Linda Giese

Pencil with watercolor, Lydia Velarde

Squirrels, Lydia Velarde

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, San Diego California

This is a 1 minute video of the San Diego Urban Sketchers meetup group. It was a different subject for most all of us but it turned out to be a fun challenge. Attended by Alice Picado, Dominique Eiche, Ida Mae, Judy Jiru, and Lydia Velarde.

Friday, July 12, 2013

House of Scotland, International Cottages, Balboa Park, San Diego

Today I met with Carol and a few other sketchers at the International Cottages in Balboa Park. This is my sketch of the House of Scotland and a group picture.

International Cottages, Balboa Park

Some of us were sketching in Balboa Park at the International Cottages (Houses of Hospitality) today.

I am always a little self conscious about what my eye tells me it wants to draw.  All around me bloom flowers, trees, and (duh) cottages that represent the different nations and their communities in San Diego.

I draw signs.  Did I mention that?

This would be the sign I drew today.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Leo Carrillo Ranch, Carlsbad, CA

The San Diego Urban Sketchers Meetup group met at the Leo Carrillo Ranch today.
This ranch is a former working ranchero once owned by Leo Carrillo, an actor who appeared in the tv series Cisco Kid. We had the chance to sketch any adobe buildings, windmills and about 2 dozen peacocks roaming the grounds.

Leo Carillo Historic Ranch

The San Diego Urban Sketchers descended on Leo Carillo Historic Ranch in Carlsbad, CA. today.  Carillo was a famous actor of the 1950s who played Pancho, sidekick to the Cisco Kid.  The Ranch (a city park now) was his home and is carefully constructed to conform to the old California ranchos -- complete with the wild peacocks, which are ALL over the place.