Monday, July 30, 2012

Restaurant Row

This chain of buildings is one of my favorites in downtown Camden. They're shacks really. Restaurants seem to come and go through these 3 buildings. I like the current lineup. On the far left is Long Grain, a wonderful Thai restaurant that is small but hugely popular with both tourists and locals. Next door in the middle is Zoots, a coffee shop/bakery/internet hangout that has had some staying power - it's been here for 6 years now. And to the right is Cafe Mediterranean, the place to go if you want hummus or falafel. I chose drawing tools that suited the buildings - a stick and ink.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bayview Cinema

Saturday afternoon I walked downtown and sketched this view of the old Bayview Cinema. I really miss this cinema. Until a few years ago it was a pretty active theater showing lots of interesting films. The place next to the doors where movie posters used to announce the current feature and the movie to come are now filled with flyers. But the movie stars still  live in the 2nd floor windows overlooking Bayview Street. That's W.C. Fields over the front door. I used to come here with my mom when she was alive. One of the last movies we saw here together was The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Sketching people at the airport is interesting. Sometimes I get "caught" drawing them and then they become sort of self conscious about being drawn. These folks were right in front of me so they caught me sketching them pretty early on but they played along. I love the body language going on here.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Deep Blue

Alex and I just got back from the 3rd International Urban Sketching Symposium in Santo Domingo. This was my first sketch of the trip. We flew from Portland to New York and had some time to grab a bite to eat at Deep Blue Sushi restaurant. This sketch looks like Alex is deeply blue about his empty bowl of miso soup. Actually, he is playing a game on his iphone...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monster Steeple

Alex and I went down by the harbor the other day to sketch the boats but instead we ended up and sketching the church steeple across from the harbor. I got the proportions dreadfully wrong. Tomorrow we head off to Santo Domingo to the Urban Sketchers Symposium. Should be lots of fun.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Across the Lake

Not my usual technique - it's a bit dark and loose for me but I'm not completely put off by it. I do like parts of it. This is the view across the lake from our house.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Village Restaurant

The view out to Camden Harbor through these two buildings caught my eye the other day. This one went into my 3.5"x5.5" Handbook Journal

Monday, July 2, 2012

Camden Soldiers Monument

Friday was a beautiful evening in Camden. I sketched this to the sounds of the Earth Maiden performance in the amphitheater nearby.