MarketBar located in San Francisco, a Ferry Building cafe with market-sourced American food and enclosed sidewalk seating. Painted from a photo I took a few months back because, well, you know why.

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.


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!

Unraveling the Complexity of Travel Sketching

Workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Urban sketchers is excited to be holding it’s own series of 10 workshops around the Bay Area: 10 teachers you’ve been wanting to take a workshop with, and workshops geared towards all levels of sketchers!

My Workshop in San Francisco

Title of workshop: Unraveling the Complexity of Travel Sketching

Level of difficulty: Beginning
Instructor: Richard Sheppard
Date/time: May 6 and May 7, 10am-1pm (I have two spots that just opened up for Saturday May 6. My May 7 class is currently full.)
Meeting place: San Francisco, Palace of Fine Arts, on the corner of Baker St. and Bay St.

Class description: The best souvenirs are not the things you buy or the photos you take while on vacation, but drawings you create in a sketchbook. Sketching allows the artist to slow down enough to get acquainted with surroundings that are so often overlooked while framing the world through a lens. Yet sketching in public can be a daunting experience for the self-conscious sketcher, or for those that are just unprepared. The first part of this class will cover tips on getting beyond the emotional roadblocks that keep us from sketching. Then we’ll discuss materials, styles, and techniques that are best suited for travel sketching. The final part of the class will cover developing a visual vocabulary as well as choosing subjects that are memorable and meaningful.

To register contact and put “San Francisco Bay Area 10×10” in the subject line of your email. Suhita will let you know if there are still spots open and she will help you through the registration process.

Opening celebration of the Bay Area’s USk 10×10 program!

Our opening celebration of the Bay Area’s USk 10×10 program was a huge success! We first gathered San Francisco’s Mission Bay to sketch and then at 1:30 we walked over to Arch Art Supplies for the preview of USk Bay Area sketching classes and events coming up in 2017. The place was packed! Thanks to everyone who came out!

Sketching at Mission Bay San Francisco


USk 10×10 Kick-Off party at ARCH art supply store in San Francisco.

The Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to display fine art. One of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition, it was rebuilt in 1965, along with a renovation of the lagoon. Today the Palace remains a popular tourist attraction and is a favorite location for wedding photographs. It’s also a great place to sketch!

Ghirardelli Chocolate Bar and Craft Bags

ghirardelli chocolate bar

Last summer I was asked by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company to sketch Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. The final drawing (after some edits from the original location drawing) is now printed on the 5 pound chocolate bar and their point of purchase craft bags!