Ready, Set, Sketch: Santa Rosa Plaza Mall!

Sorry folks, looks like mother nature has more rain in store for our regular (second saturdays) meet-up , so instead of ducking into a super crowded coffee shop, I thought we could spread out at the mall and stay dry in the process. There are lots of window displays, people to draw, storefronts, etc. And if the weather permits, we have 4th street shops to spill out on to and maybe even get a view of the new reunified Old Courthouse Square!

Who: Anyone who has a desire to sketch can join us.TIME: 10am

DATE: Saturday April 8 (always the second Saturday of the month).

WHERE: Santa Rosa Plaza Mall (the mall on the east side of the 101 freeway).
Meet at the food court at 10am (near Sears).

Hope to see you all there!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Santa Rosa Junior College!

It looks like the weather is going to (mostly) cooperate for us on Saturday. Clouds but no rain is plenty good enough for sketching!

Santa Rosa Junior College is a beautiful college with lots of buildings, gardens, and people to sketch. We’ll meet on the south side
of the art building (Analy Hall) at 10am this Saturday March 11. Parking on campus is $4 a day but there is some off campus parking, if
you can find it. It’s a Saturday, so parking in general shouldn’t be too hard. But still you might give yourself a few extra minutes to park and walk to our sketching
destination.
Bring a sketchbook and a chair and see you there!

 

Ready, Set, Sketch: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts & Farmer’s Market!

Come join us SATURDAY July 9 at 10am-1pm at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts for the next “Ready, Set, Sketch!” group outing.

Saturday is the farmer’s market at the Center so we’ll be in no shortage of things to draw. There’s also this wonderful sculpture exhibit:
 
“Root 101,” the inaugural exhibit by Bruce Johnson is comprised of colossal wood sculptures made from salvaged old growth redwood, which he has been working with for 50 years. Three years ago, Johnson acquired 80 tons (four truckloads) of huge salvaged redwood stumps and chunks, some trees over 1,000 years old near a tributary to the Eel River. “There is something primal and archetypal about these huge water washed forms,” observes Johnson. “Within the form of roots and swirl of grain you can see and touch patterns of nature and feel the fractal expression of growth and energy. These materials are the heart of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts exhibit.”
 
And then there’s the Luther Burbank Center it’s self that’s worthy of drawing.

We’ll meet at 10am on the north side of the Center near the ticket office, then disperse to sketch around the area. We’ll meet back at 1pm to share our sketches.


All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with (it’s also nice to have a chair to sit on).

It is a great place to explore and has plenty of sketching opportunities!

 
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa
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Ready, Set, Sketch: Luther Burbank Gardens!

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Okay, we’re going to try this one again. Last month it rained but this month’s sketch day is going to be dry!

Luther Burbank Gardens is the Home, Greenhouse, and Gardens where world-renowned horticulturist, Luther Burbank, lived and experimented with plants for most of his 50-year career. The Historic Landmark is a unique city park located at the corner of Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues in Santa Rosa, California – across the street from City Hall and Juilliard Park. The Carriage House Gift Shop and Museum are now open!

Where: Luther Burbank Gardens in Santa Rosa
When: Saturday May 14 at 10am – 1pm

Ready, Set, Sketch: Luther Burbank Gardens (or the Starbucks located in the Barnes and Noble)!

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In the past week, I’ve had two prospective sketch location cancelations and now despite all the sunny weather we’ve been having, rain is forecast this Saturday. Sigh… So what’s a sketch artist to do??? We’re going to chance it and sketch Luther Burbank Gardens in Santa Rosa!

If it’s raining, we’ll meet at the Starbucks located in the Barnes and Noble (4th St. Santa Rosa).

Luther Burbank Gardens is the Home, Greenhouse, and Gardens where world-renowned horticulturist, Luther Burbank, lived and experimented with plants for most of his 50-year career. The Historic Landmark is a unique city park located at the corner of Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues in Santa Rosa, California – across the street from City Hall and Juilliard Park. The Carriage House Gift Shop and Museum are now open!
Where: Luther Burbank Gardens (or if it’s raining, the Starbucks located inside the Barnes and Noble on 4th St. Santa Rosa)
When: Saturday April 9 at 10am

Ready, Set, Sketch: Santa Rosa Plaza Mall!

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Unfortunately, mother nature has heavy rain planned for this Saturday, so instead of ducking into a super crowded coffee shop, I thought we could spread out at the mall and stay dry in the process. There should be lots of people to draw, storefronts, indoor plants, etc. And if the weather decided to cooperate, we have 4th street shops to spill out on to.

Please join us! No experience is necessary. All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with. The event is free.
TIME: 10am

DATE: Saturday March 12 (always the second Saturday of the month).

WHERE: Santa Rosa Plaza Mall (the mall on the east side of the 101 freeway).

MEET: at the food court at 10am (near Sears).

Hope to see you all there!

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I only finished a quick 20 minute sketch today while out with the sketch group. The rest of the time I was helping others with their sketches. A good day out!

Ready Set, Sketch: Railroad Square Santa Rosa!

Get ready for the next Ready Set, Sketch! group outing, Saturday, March 14! We’ll meet, rain or shine, in front of Flying Goat Coffee at Railroad Square in Downtown Santa Rosa.

Please join us! No experience is necessary. All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with. The event is free.

TIME: 10am

DATE: Saturday March 14

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Hope to see you there!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Schulz’s Redwood Empire Ice Arena!

schultz-museum-_sLets capture the spirit of the season by sketching at Schulz’s Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa!

Saturday December 13 (between 10am-1pm), we’ll meet at 10am in front of the ice rink. We’ll share our days sketches at 1pm. 
Schulz’s Redwood Empire Ice Arena, situated across the street from the Peanuts Museum, opened 28 April, 1969 with a grand opening ceremony starring Peggy Fleming and the Vince Guaraldi Trio. The building mimics an Alpine village with faithful reproductions of Swiss chalet facades and giant redwood trees that tower over the property. Located in the same building as the ice skating rink, the Warm Puppy Cafe affords a panoramic view of the ice skaters and is the spot where Charles Schulz regularly ate breakfast and lunch. His table sits between the front door and the fireplace with a reserved sign and flowers honoring his memory.
Sketching indoors or out, there’s lots to draw!
 
Two skating sessions will be going on while we are there. Parents & Puppy Practice 10:30a – 12:00p and Public Skate 12:30p – 4:30p. Although most people are likely to be sketching indoors, the ice rink is cold so dress warmly. Sketching the skaters is free (unless, of course, you want to skate then admission is $9). Afterward, those of us who are hungry (and who isn’t hungry after a morning of sketching!) will have lunch in the Warm Puppy Cafe located at the Snoopy Ice skating rink.
After sketching, if you are interested in visiting the museum, there is a $10 charge.

All you need to join us is something to draw on and something to draw with. No experience necessary!

Hope to see you there!
 
And again, please dress warmly as it will be cold inside and out of the ice rink!

A Day at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Skate Rink

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One of my favorite Illustrators/Cartoonists is Charles M. Schulz. I learned months back that the Schulz Museum,  normally closed on Tuesdays during the slower part of the year, would be open on Tuesday November 26th in observance of Schulz’s birthday. I joined the celebration that morning with a sketch of the museum in Santa Rosa. The current exhibit, entitled “Starry, Starry, Night,” was a joy, and it warmed my heart to see a grouping of comics featuring the lovable Peanuts characters pondering the universe.

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Schulz’s Redwood Empire Ice Arena, situated across the street, opened 28 April, 1969 with a grand opening ceremony starring Peggy Fleming and the Vince Guaraldi Trio. The building mimics an Alpine village with faithful reproductions of Swiss chalet facades and giant redwood trees that tower over the property. I bundled up and enjoyed the chilly temperatures while sketching the skaters. Their perpetual motion as the music thumped was mesmerizing but difficult to capture on paper. I’d like to return sometime soon and give it another try. The chilly temperature was a nice contrast to the abnormally warm weather we’ve been having this late in November and was a reminder that the Christmas holidays are fast approaching.

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Located in the same building as the ice skating rink, the Warm Puppy Cafe affords a panoramic view of the ice skaters and is the spot where Charles Schulz regularly ate breakfast and lunch. His table sits between the front door and the fireplace with a reserved sign and flowers honoring his memory.