West Coast Sketchbook
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.
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.
Monteray Bay from the restaurant window. This was more like it--looser, sketchier. The otters are too big, but I wanted them in there.
Hike in Muir woods. It's impossible to capture the enormity of redwoods.
On the road! Heading north on Route 1.
Mother seal trying to coax her newborn pup into the water. We watched for an hour and finally she succeeded.
Jug Handle Creek outlet, and beach.
I've always liked this view of oil tanks mounting the hill leaving the Bay area.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park, Oregon
Rialto Beach WA and
Hoh River rain forest
Sol Duc Falls and
Olympic Mountains. Several ravens were looking for handouts in the parking lot.
Heading South again.
Roosevelt elk at Prairie River Meadow, Redwoods National Park, CA
Two views from headlands along the way.
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Humboldt Bay, CA (mudflats!)
Back in Oakland
Tennessee Valley Beach
Last day – Elkhorn Slough