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

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Two views from headlands along the way.

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Day Twelve

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

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Day Thirteen

Back in Oakland

Day Fourteen

Tennessee Valley Beach

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Day Fifteen

Last day – Elkhorn Slough

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