Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Presidio Park, San Diego, California 9/5/15

Last Saturday I met up with the San Diego Urban Sketchers at the Presidio, a tranquil, beautiful park above Old Town in San Diego.  It felt like being in a forest at the top.  This was my first time visiting this site.  I've seen this tower many times when driving on the freeway, so it was good to finally check it out.  This building houses the Junipero Serra Museum.  Interesting timing given the Pope is coming to the States soon and will bestow saint status upon Serra, the 18th century Catholic monk who established the California missions.  A museum brochure states that the museum stands atop the hill recognized as the site of the first permanent European settlement, a presidio, in what would become the State of California.  Prior to Spanish colonization, native Kumeyaay people had lived on and around the hill for millennia.  Thank you to Lydia Velarde who organized another great USk meet-up.  It's really cool how sketchers from all over the world can meet-up with the local sketchers group of wherever they're visiting.  On this day we had visiting sketchers from the Netherlands and Australia.

Materials: Uniball Vision black pen, Gelly Roll white gel pen, Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolor travel kit