Sunday, July 8, 2018

Tuna Harbor Park, July 7, 2018

Our 2:43-minute video of our event at Tuna Harbor Park. The morning started with a wonderful demo by Ann Schwartzwald followed by 14 artists sketching the Unconditional Surrender Statue at Tuna Harbor in San Diego. The video starts with a little scenery then shows the artists and their sketches.
Music: Silver Lakes, Wes Hutchinson

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Water Conservation Garden

The Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon was our meeting spot for the San Diego Urban Sketching event on June 23, 2018. Dominique Eichi gave us a free demo and we sketched on our own for 2 hours. The video shows the artists and their sketches, showing the variety of media used, ranging from Matt on his Ipad to little Nayelih with her chalks. Music: Morning Mandolin, Chris Haugen

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Buttons are Available!

We got our 2.25 inch San Diego Urban Sketchers buttons today! Requested and designed by Renata. I have 49 of them and will have them available at $.60 each. (cost) They are 2.25 inches. I expect the t-shirts to arrive tomorrow, Friday, June 22nd. I will notify you individually. If you didn't get a shirt you can wear a button!

Since I am selling these at cost I will only do transactions in person. Sorry, No PayPal no shipping.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Japanese Friendship Garden

Our 1: 50-minute video from the Japanese Friendship Garden. The artists and their drawings.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead June 10, 2018

The San Diego Chapter met at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead and Farmers Market in Escondido. Many of the artists used the Direct Watercolor Method and their work can be seen in this video.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Folk Music Festival at Old Poway Park

Found myself in Poway today and decided to check out Old Poway Park after seeing the directional sign while driving. There happened to be a folk music festival going on, so I sat for a bit and sketched. Good practice. :) Kim Cruz

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Japanese Friendship Bell _ San Diego Urban Sketchers 2018

Created by Masahiko Katori, the bell was presented to the city of San Diego by the Japanese city of Yokohama in 1958 to celebrate the joining of our two cities as sister cities. The Yokohama Friendship Bell is located on Shelter Island and was the location for the San Diego Urban Sketchers Event on May 20, 2018.The video shows the artists and their sketches.
Music: Walk In The Park by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Marston House Event - March 31, 2018

The Marston House was built in 1905 and is one of California's finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement. The San Diego Urban Sketchers visited this historic landmark on March 31, 2018. The video shows the artists and their sketches in pencil, paint and one sketch on an Ipad! A few of the artists share their tools.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

SD Urban Sketchers and SD Plein Air Painters Art Reception

The San Diego Plein Air Painters Meetup Group invited the San Diego Urban Sketchers to participate in an art show at the Rancho Penasquitos Library during the month of March. The San Diego Urban Sketchers sketched in and outside of the library and Tricia De Luna gave a painting demo. This video was compiled from clips taken at the reception on March 17, 2018. There were 2 walls of framed artwork as well as a display case with unframed artwork and sketchbooks.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Banner Design by Mike Mannis

Our banner was designed by Mike Mannis (one of our original Urban Sketchers) in 2012. I added the text Celebrating 5 Years in 2018. Mike has done a lot of work for us including our YouTube Intro which you can view on this video I created from our event at Mission Trails in February.


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Exploring Lyon, France

Lyon, France

Situated between the Rhone and Saone rivers, the city is both a blend of new
and old worlds.  Here you can find modern structures that tower over the city
to old buildings that date back to the Renaissance and Middle Age periods.  
Famous for being the food capital of France, Lyon is roughly a two hour train ride
from Paris.

To get to Lyon from Paris by train, Paris Gare Lyon station is the one you are going
to take to leave the city. Obviously arrive early to give yourself some time just in case
you get lost as to where to go once you get there.  I made this mistake and had to
purchase another ticket for almost three times the amount I initially paid for. Luckily
there was another train I could catch within an hour.  Looking back, I can
definitely laugh at this but I was not a happy camper that morning.

After arriving in Lyon and settling in my hotel room, I quickly left to explore the city.  
Lyon, like Paris, is divided into different areas separated by the two rivers.  Staying in
Presqu’ile, which is in the center of the city, I took a short tram ride to Place Bellecour.  
This place is a large city square complete with a Ferris wheel and an equestrian
statue of Louis XVI in the center. From the square you can also see the Basilica of
Notre Dame de Fourviere perched on it’s hill overlooking the entire city.

A short walk across the many bridges over the Saone river, will take you to
Vieux Lyon.  This is the oldest part of the city, which traces it’s past back to the
old silk merchants.  With it’s perfectly preserved buildings and cobblestone streets,
it was like stepping back into time.

While making my way towards the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere, I
stopped in front of St. Jean Baptiste Cathedral and caught a mime doing a show.  

To get to the Basilica, you have to go through the many streets and alleys.  Many are
littered with shops taking residence in buildings that date back to the 15th and 16th century.  
A chocolate place that I stopped at was once home to the kings prosecutor.  It’s very surreal
to think about how much history a random building here must have.


After making my way past the different neighborhoods, I arrived at the foot of the
Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere. From there, it is a small hike up to reach the place.
There are multiple paths one can take with each offering different gems to discover.
If you want a great view of the city, this is the best spot, offering a panoramic view.  

While it may not get the same fanfare as Paris, Lyon is still a great city to explore with it's
own art and history.  It's a very charming and quaint city that is very walkable with many different places to explore.  I also love the small town feel it has, which is how San Diego is.  I will definitely have to make my way back here someday and probably focus more on the eating.