The World Famous Hamburger Ranch

Hamburger Ranch_sThe World Famous Hamburger Ranch in Cloverdale, CA has long been a popular spot for travelers along Hwys 101 and 128. The ever popular brisket, baby back ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and BBQ chicken is slow cooked in a giant wood-fired smoker and tastes so good, it begs for repeat visits. But what makes this Road House ‘World Famous’? There are hundreds of postcards decorating walls from all over the world reminiscing of the food and fun times.

I too have had some great memories here including today with my friend Phil. We both had pulled pork sandwiches with onion rings and sweet potato fries, then we headed out for an afternoon of sketching under the shade of an oak tree.

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Barnes & Noble, Santa Rosa, CA

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I’ve always loved the old Rosenberg’s Department Store building located at Fourth and D Streets in Santa Rosa. Built in 1936, the structure is the most significant example of the Streamline Moderne style and was the tallest building in the city. Santa Rosa’s government approved demolition of the store in 1994, but it was subsequently saved when bookstore chain Barnes & Noble leased the space. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 29, 1994.

Today was a bit too cold and rainy for sketching but I stood under an awning to keep (mostly) dry.

Winter Mustard

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With the help of December rains, mustard is in full bloom all across Sonoma County. After three years of putting off painting this scene, today I finally took the time to sketch it with my good friend Phil McDonel.

The Raven Theater and Ravenous Cafe

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Few things are more entertaining than seeing a live performance at a local theater followed by a cozy dinner. With television and the internet dominating today’s casual entertainment crowd, it’s a real pleasure to get out among the living and experience true 3D without the glasses.

The Raven Performing Arts Theater supports performances ranging from Classical (Philharmonia Healdsburg ), jazz (Healdsburg Jazz Festival), blues (Charlie Musselwhite), rock (Big Brother and the Holding Company), and variety shows such as Healdsburg’s home grown “Mr. Healdsburg” pageant. The Raven Players, Healdsburg’s resident theater group, also perform here, mounting ambitious and successful productions like Cats, Miss Saigon, and Chicago.

Performances like these are sure to work up an appetite and next-door, Ravenous Cafe is the perfect stop before or after a show. Seating up to 22 guests, this intimate spot features a menu that changes daily but often includes the ever popular crab cakes, fish tacos, and the famous Ravenous Burger.

 

Parka Blogs Interview

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Recently I was interviewed by Parka for a series of articles he’s running on the drawing tools of artists.
Check out the interview here:
Parka’s website called Parka Blogs, reviews art books from many categories including animation, concept art, game art, individual artists, sketchbooks, and instructional/education. Don’t miss the terrific list of soon to be released art books: http://www.parkablogs.com/content/upcoming-art-books
Thanks Parka!