Pick’s was originally opened in 1923 as a Reed & Bell Root Beer Refreshery and has been a local favorite in Cloverdale ever since. Serving much of the same menu it did when it opened, “Big Daddy” cheese burgers, french fries, grill cheese sandwiches, and milkshakes, the quality of the food as notably gone up since David Alioto (Healdsburger) purchased the restaurant last year. It’s great to see a classic independent eatery with great food and a friendly staff hold its own in this corporate 21st Century world.
I started this sketch standing across the street from the Drive In until the rain drove me indoors to finish.
Watercolor on Arches hot press paper and uni-ball Signo white ink pen.
Rain, rain, rain. That’s all we’ve seen in California so far this year. I’m not complaining though. I’d rather have too much than too little. Within reason, anyway.
Since the storm wasn’t supposed to let up for days, I chose not to let the moody weather keep me from sketching. Bundled up in a raincoat and hat, I stood without an umbrella across the street from the fair and pulled my sketch kit from a plastic bag. Small droplets of rain blurred, splashed, and dotted my sketch. But it wasn’t long before the rain picked up and I hid under the overhang of an empty building to allow the paint to dry.
Watercolors on Arches Hot Press paper.
Caran D’ache Water Soluble pencils
Americana Night at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance where Rita Hosking performed, a country-folk singer who narrates working class subject matter in songs and stories that “span culture clash, dishes, forest fires, black holes, and hope.”
I missed the Cloverdale Antique Auto Show last year but I wasn’t about to miss sketching it this year! I chose an 1933 Packard, 1002 Club Sedan as my subject. Beautiful car. The day was topped off with all of us sketchers diving into an extra large pizza at Papa’s.
Last month, Papa’s Pizza of Cloverdale, CA moved to a new location on the corner of Cloverdale Blvd and First St. The new cafe is beautifully decorated with stone walls and wood paneling. Adding to the fun, they’ve tapped many new microbrews such as Knee Deep Brewing’s Breaking Bud, The Waldos’ Special Ale, and Mojo Chocolate Milk Stout.They also have a nice selection of wine by the glass. But best of all, the pizza still tastes great, just like it always has.