West Coast Sketchbook

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DaDay

Day One

On a two week trip to California, I set a  goal  of sketching every day, to see if I could improve.

I had in mind that I might be able to get freer, looser, and capture the feeling of place with  fewer gestures, instead of the tight, detailed drawing I was familiar with doing for work.

This sketch from the plane going over the basin and range West was the first.

Day Two

I reverted to science illusustration mode – an exact rendering of the saucer of Hawiian shells and rocks that my son-in-law collected.  A very comfortable mode to be in, but did NOT further my sketching goals.

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Day Three

Monteray Bay from the restaurant window. This was more like it--looser, sketchier.  The otters are too big, but I wanted them in there.

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Day Four,

Hike in Muir woods.  It's impossible to capture the enormity of redwoods. 

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Day Five,

On the road!  Heading north on Route 1. 

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Mother seal trying to coax her newborn pup into the water.  We watched for an hour and finally she succeeded.

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Day Six,

Jug Handle Creek outlet, and beach.

I've always liked this view of oil tanks mounting the hill leaving the Bay area.

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Day Seven,

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

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Indian Beach, Ecola State Park, Oregon

Day Eight

Rialto Beach WA and

Hoh River rain forest

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Day Nine

Sol Duc Falls and

Second Beach

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Day Ten

Olympic Mountains.  Several ravens were looking for handouts in the parking lot.

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Day Eleven

Heading South again.

Roosevelt elk at Prairie River Meadow, Redwoods National Park, CA

Two views from headlands along the way.

Day Twelve

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Humboldt Bay, CA (mudflats!)

Day Thirteen

Back in Oakland

Day Fourteen

Tennessee Valley Beach

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Day Fifteen

Last day – Elkhorn Slough