Urban Sketching in San Francisco for the 1st Annual West Coast Sketchcrawl
Urban Sketching in San Francisco for the 1st Annual West Coast Sketchcrawl art
Ferry Building, pen and ink in a Moleskine journal. (40 minutes)

Last weekend close to 100 of us urban sketchers gathered for the first annual west coast urban sketch crawl. (Read more about Urban Sketching in my interview with Gabriel Campanario, founder of sorts, of the movement.) It was my first sketch crawl, and I must say I really enjoyed it. Here are snippets from the day:

Urban Sketching in San Francisco for the 1st Annual West Coast Sketchcrawl art
San Francisco financial district skyline as seen from the Embarcadero, pen and ink in a Moleskine journal. (45 minutes)
Urban Sketching in San Francisco for the 1st Annual West Coast Sketchcrawl art
Fellow sketch crawlers. (Photo from Urban Sketchers, SF Bay Area)
Urban Sketching in San Francisco for the 1st Annual West Coast Sketchcrawl art
Gott’s Roadside burger stand in the Ferry Building, pen and ink in a Moleskine journal. (30 minutes)
Urban Sketching in San Francisco for the 1st Annual West Coast Sketchcrawl art
Sharing sketches afterwards. (Photo from Urban Sketchers, SF Bay Area)

Along the Caldera, Santorini
Along the Caldera, Santorini art

Santorini, Greece is one of my most favorite places in the entire world. In fact, every time I leave the Greek Islands, I immediately want to come right back. It was difficult to capture the impossible beauty of this volcanic island in the Cyclades. In fact, this quick study really doesn’t do it justice. I’ll have to circle back around to this subject in the near future—my mind is brimming with blue and white island scenes already.

Watercolor Studies from Lake Como
Watercolor Studies from Lake Como art
View of Menaggio, Italy.
Watercolor Studies from Lake Como art
A Room with a View in Varenna, Italy.

Artists Drive, Death Valley California
Artists Drive, Death Valley California art

Finally made it to Death Valley National Park. What a magical place! There is something irresistibly inspirational about the desert. Maybe it’s the way the mountain tops burn pink at sunset or the way the desert palette appears refined one minute then comes alive bursting with color the next.
Amazing.

“Artists Drive”
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
2012

Lotus Petals (Study)
Lotus Petals (Study) art

“Lotus Petals”
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
12 x 9 inches

Cactus Cake

Cactus Cake art

“Cactus Cake”
Watercolor on Paper by Gayle Wheatley

This funky little cake was inspired by a real-life mini cake I ate at Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid. No, it didn’t have a cactus with eyes on it, a river, a mushroom or a road on it. But it was pink and it did have both red and green gumdrops on top. The rest I invented, and thus you have the “Cactus Cake”!

Two Little Tagines

Two Little Tagines art

“Two Little Tagines”, Watercolor on Paper

Moroccan Lanterns

Moroccan Lanterns art

Watercolor on Paper by Gayle Wheatley

Moroccan Riad Watercolor Painting

Moroccan Riad Watercolor Painting art

This watercolor was painted on my balcony at La Sultana in Marrakech, Morocco.

 

Mushroom Chic

Mushroom Chic art
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Golf Island

Golf Island art

Watercolor on Paper (Private Collection)

Firenze

Firenze art

Watercolor on Paper
Firenze art

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