Roofs with a view

People make use of rooftop spaces in Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico. I also saw several dogs on rooftop patios or walkways; I was told they are on patrol (as security, and combatting vermin). With moderate temperatures and breezes from the bay, the roof provides an extra room for family life.

I think I like my black and white version better; what do you think?

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Alviso at risk

I sketched the Bayside Cannery in historical Alviso recently. Alviso (now part of San Jose) was once a thriving port town, when San Jose was the capital of California. A few original buildings remain, like this cannery, but are deteriorating. Efforts are under way to preserve this important segment of California history. I also sketched the Laine home, a restored Victorian, and a view of the slough.


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Show at City Hall

My watercolor “Oakland Produce Mart” was awarded 2nd place in the “People and Places of Oakland” exhibit at Oakland City Hall. The show runs now through Nov 11, 2019
at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza (Third Floor, by the Council Chambers}, Oakland CA 94612. The painting depicts the historical market in the Warehouse District by Jack London Square.

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A gentle fellow

Visited Bea in Woodside, where she was dogsitting this elderly bulldog, so sweet.

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Evening service Fri Sept 6th at Kahilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont. Meditative, a time for reflection and appreciation.

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A Quilt of Many Colors

Susan Calico (left) and Beth Bourland with the quilt they created.

“Dreaming In Color,” a memorial quilt created by Susan Calico and Beth Bourland, is on display in downtown Oakland. It was awarded an Honorable Mention.

Show: Law Library Gallery Show, an exhibit of works in various media by members of the Oakland Art Association.

When: Aug 30 – Nov 1, 2019

Where: Alameda County Law Library, 125 12th St., Oakland CA

Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Mon, Wed & Fri.

8:30 am – 7:30 pm Tues & Thurs

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Sat

Parking: Street parking, or Alco Parking Structure at Jackson & 12th St.

Transit: 4 blocks from Lake Merritt BART.

Phone: (reference desk, just to verify that site is open) (510) 208-4832


About the quilt: This quilt uniquely combines fabric and watercolor paintings to commemorate the life of Bonnie Crosse, who passed away in 2017 at age 86. Bonnie was an artist, activist, therapist and creative spirit beloved by many. I was blessed with her friendship for seven years. Each quilt panel celebrates a color. Three panels shown below:

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Visit to Mich

Sketching with my brother in Michigan recently, I shared tips on drawing a cedar tree with squiggly lines, at his request. My examples are above.

We talked about textures, and I drew this little shed

and I did a scene from town with ink & Tombo water soluble markers. The blue roof attracted me!

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Backyard views

Depicting views from a backyard gathering in Richmond (backyard shed), and a birthday party in Berkeley (pots on porch).

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On the lake

A nice getaway to Lake Hemet in Southern California, up in the cool hills near Idyllwild. I painted these scenes while out on my dear friend Denise’s pontoon boat.

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Fiona & Pals

Fiona, Laddie & Missy, in a recent pet portrait by Beth Bourland. They’re lounging in the living room, with a Warriors blanket draped on the sofa.

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