Analy Hall, Santa Rosa Junior College


The Ready, Set, Sketch group met at Santa Rosa Junior College today under crystal blue skies dripping with sunshine. The biblical flood that has plagued us for the past couple of months appears to be over, a welcome change.

I sketched Analy Hall where the art department is located. It was here that I took etching class nine times and would to take it again if I could. So other than sketching, printmaking is my second artistic love.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts_nb_sLuther Burbank Center for the Arts, located on the north side of Santa Rosa, is ranked among world’s top 100 performing arts presenters hosting performances in music, theater, dance, comedy, family programming and renowned speaker events. It is one of two major performing arts centers here in Sonoma County, the other being the Green Center at Sonoma State University. We’re lucky to have both of these great venues to showcase world class entertainment. Most recently we saw Lilly Tomlin perform here and we regularly see performances by the North Bay Stage Company.

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens

Luther Burbank Gardens_s
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens is a city park in Santa Rosa, California that contains the former home, greenhouse, gardens, and grave of noted American horticulturist Luther Burbank. Born in Lancaster, Massachusetts, he spent most of his life in Santa Rosa. It was here that he did most of his plant-breeding experiments. Plum trees, a common crop back in the early 1900’s, were one of his specialties and he introduced over 800 new variety of plants in his lifetime.
This was sketched last weekend with my sketch group Ready, Set, Sketch! I used Ink and watercolor in a hand-made sketchbook.

Redwood Empire Ice Arena

Snoopy Home Ice

Each year I kick off the winter holidays with a visit to Charles M. Schulz’s Redwood Empire Ice Arena. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with holiday decorations, seasonal music, and bundled-up ice skaters, all of which bring back childhood memories and provides a unique opportunity to sketch. But once my fingers get too cold to paint, I head into the Warm Puppy café for a cup of hot chocolate and park myself next to the table where Schulz himself use to sit every day before working on his beloved comic strip, Peanuts.