Tom Hoffman’s Watercolor Workshop — Day One

Last weekend I took Tom Hoffman’s workshop for the second time in San Francisco. We had a blast and I learned quite a lot. I love Tom’s style and was determined to learn as much as I could over the next four days. On the first day we were to use a photo (I chose this one) as a warm up exercise before heading outside to sketch from life.

This second sketch was painted on the corner of 17th St. and Texas St.

 

New Sketching Classes!

The second annual SF Bay Area 10×10 Urban Sketching Workshops are happening this spring! 10 instructors, 10 classes. Each class is limited to 15 students. I’ll be teaching the class “Unraveling the Complexity of Travel Sketching.” Sign up before they sell out. As of writing this, my class is already half full in less than a day of open regestration!
Check out the full listing of classes here

San Francisco Meet-up with Liz Steel and Jane Blundell

I think it’s safe to say that all of us Bay Area sketchers had a great time hobnobbing with world famous sketchers Liz Steel and Jane Blundell today. There were probably 60 sketchers total. Though socializing was our purpose, Grace Cathedral was our sketching subject. Thanks to Laurie Wigham for organizing the event!

Antique Car Show in Cloverdale

Cloverdale’s Antique Car Show is hands down the most fun I’ve had all year sketching. What’s not to like? Antique cars and enthusiasts everywhere. People eager to have you sketch their car as they tell you all the nitty gritty that went into the restoration. Passers by seemed as interesting in our groups sketches as they did the cars. Top that off with a Pizza (last year) or Thai food (this year) and the day is complete.

Nineteenth Floor View from the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago

Accommodations for the Urban Sketchers Symposium can be quite comfortable if you have a friend who’s nice enough to use thousands of accumulated Marriott points. My friend Phil had just enough points to score the Blackstone Hotel, just two blocks from the Goodman Center where the Symposium was centered in downtown Chicago. Thanks Phil!
 
The historic hotel was built by the Drake brothers, hiring architects Marshall & Fox to design it. It opened in 1910 and at the time it was the tallest building in Chicago. Noteworthy guests have included 12 consecutive presidents from Taft to Carter, Al Capone, and others. The Blackstone has also been used as staging for several notable films, including The Color of Money and The Untouchables.
 
The sliver of a view we had out our 19th floor room includes Grant Park and Lake Michigan off in the distance.