The Bay Bridge in Pen and Ink
The Bay Bridge in Pen and Ink art
The Bay Bridge, San Francisco. Pen and ink in a Moleskine journal. (40 minutes)

The America’s Cup is going on all summer in San Francisco and this was sketched in a newly opened park along the Embarcadero right next to the base of the Italian camp (hence the Italian flag and Luna Rossa tents).

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)

Urban Sketching in Vienna, Austria
Urban Sketching in Vienna, Austria art

I love sketching on location in Europe. Little details abound everywhere you turn. This year has been a whirlwind of inspiration and impressions. Although I haven’t had much time to paint since I’ve been on the road continuously (for just about a year now), I’ve been sketching and doing lots of creative writing along the way. Best of all, I was recently granted another opportunity to travel back to Europe (3rd time in one year)! Here’s a sketch from Vienna, Austria.

Urban Sketching in Vienna, Austria art
(detailed view.)

Denver City Sketch
Denver City Sketch art

Specs: Pen & Ink, 50 minutes.
Location: Denver, Colorado.

Florentine Glove Shop
Florentine Glove Shop art

This cool little glove shop was tucked into the corner of an old stone building on Via de’ Lamberti in the heart of Florence, facing Orsanmichele church. Loved the look of these leather gloves displayed on wooden faux hands!

Specs: Pen & Marker, 90 minutes.
Location: Florence, Italy.

Finestra, Lucca
Finestra, Lucca art

I had heard great things about Lucca, a Tuscan fortress city surrounded by medieval walls near Pisa, Italy. The city was as charming as I was expecting to be, and had a great small town flavor.

One small detail I noticed right away were the windows. In Florence they are all rectangular for the most part. But here in Lucca, they were all rounded at the tops. I love Italian windows, almost always comprised of green shutters on yellow unwashed walls. (This one was no exception.)

Specs: Pen & Ink on Moleskine sketchbook, 10 minutes.

Sketch of Florence by Tyson Wintibaugh
Sketch of Florence by Tyson Wintibaugh art

This gorgeous pen and ink sketch is by Tyson Wintibaugh, sketcher extraordinaire.

Subject: The Duomo
City: Florence, Italy
Specs: Pen and Ink in Moleskine pocket sketchbook.

Sculptural Abstractions
Sculptural Abstractions art

So, Munky King makes a DIY ‘Omi’ that is a cross between art and toys. Inspired by Chinese opera and Japanese Oni masks, they come packaged as blinds in different blank white shapes.

Sculptural Abstractions art

I decided to turn mine into a sculptural version of one of my abstract paintings. Primary inspirations? The sea & the human circulatory system.

Sculptural Abstractions art

I have to say it was kinda cool working in 3-D since I do that so rarely (pretty much never, really).

Sculptural Abstractions art

New Illustration for Pepperdine University

New Illustration for Pepperdine University art
Gayle Wheatley, digital
Just finished a new illustration for Pepperdine University’s production of Songfest—a musical extravaganza. This year’s theme is History in the Making, so I drew a Mayan-inspired temple with hand-drawn type that is being hoisted up in place—literally depicting history in the making! The illustration was sketched in pencil, inked over, then colored digitally in Photoshop with overlay layers of paper textures to create an old world vibe.

New Illustration for Pepperdine University art