Category Archives: Series – 5th Ave Marina

Subdued colors at 5th St Marina

Back at 5th St. Marina this week, where I hang around like a barnacle. The potential compositions here are endless! With the limited color, this sketch is melancholy, like this cold spring day.

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Quiet day at the docks

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The Yellow Door

Anthropologist’s notes, journey to 5th St Marina: I observed more unusual structures today. This one appeared significant because of its yellow door (Another version of this posted Jan. 16). Nearby, several shed-like constructions were guarded by stoic pink plastic birds … Continue reading

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Keep it simple

Instead of seeking the grand vista, sometimes it’s fun to stop and notice the ordinary sights we often overlook. I took a glance around a little Oakland marina, saw this light pole, and Bingo — it became my humble and worthy … Continue reading

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What? You can’t drive away now

While working on this sketch two days ago at 5th St Marina, I met a sculptor named John and a fellow job-seeker named Julie. They came by a couple of times, commenting on my progress. After I finished the basic drawing, … Continue reading

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Back at 5th St

Another entry in the 5th St. Marina series… The birds were added as signs of life (flashback to workshop instructor Sanford, in Key West, declaring in her heavy Germanic accent “YOO MUST ‘AVE ZEE ZIGNS UF LIFE!!!!”). I have created … Continue reading

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Psychic, revisited

Today I worked on another version of the”Rainy Day Psychic.” At right is a photo of the little psychic shop near the Fifth Ave Marina.  I thought the tall, pointy evergreens were distracting and left them out.

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Christmas Day sketching

Determined to venture out in the rain, I did this painting in my car, parked at the 5th St Marina in Oakland. (Part of a series that I’m working on of sights around the marina.) The golden glow inside the windows … Continue reading

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