The next “Ready, Set, Sketch” group outing is Saturday September 14 in Forestville.
We’ll meet in front of Nightingale Breads (6665 Front St., Forestville, CA). Plenty of parking is located across the street where the West County Regional Trail begins. For sketching, we have options! You can stay in town and sketch buildings, businesses and more. Or walk along the West County Regional Trail, which is a mostly paved, 5.5-mile trail linking Sebastopol, Graton and Forestville. The path is separated from Highway 116 and offers views of farms, pastures, and vineyards. The trail is popular for walking, running, and cycling (and for today, sketching!). Spring and fall are particularly beautiful times of the year to take in the surrounding countryside. Please join us! No experience is necessary. All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with. But don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, water, and a chair to sit on.
DATE: Saturday September 14
WHERE: Nightingale Breads (6665 Front St., Forestville, CA)
The next “Ready, Set, Sketch” group outing is Saturday August 10. Geyserville has lots of small town charm and plenty to draw! We’ll meet in front of Geyserville Coffee Company, 21001 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville
Please join us! No experience is necessary. All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with.
DATE: Saturday August 10
WHERE: In front of Geyserville Coffee Company, Geyserville, CA
Come join us this SATURDAY July 13 at 10am-1pm in Duncans Mills for the next “Ready, Set, Sketch” meet-up! All you really need is something to draw on and something to draw with but it’s also nice to have a chair to sit on. The weather promises to be cooler (50°-75°) so you might want to bring a jacket for those early morning hours. Duncans Mills is, of course, a great place to explore, shop, eat, and most important, sketch. Hope to see you there!
We have a special location this month, a historic home and church located in the community of Preston. Preston was a small community located on the Russian River just outside of Cloverdale back in the late 19th Century.
Emily Preston (the founder of this community known as Madam Preston) at the age of 52, had an epiphany. As she described it, “Something fell from my eyes and suddenly the world was enveloped in a brilliant light.” From that moment on, she claimed a gift for diagnosing and treating illness. Some considered her a quack; others credited her with saving their lives. She had such a magnetic personality that patients followed her when she moved from San Francisco to Sonoma County. Even after recovering, many patients didn’t want to leave the community, so she let them build houses and live on the ranch rent free. A community began to grow. Eventually there was a school, railroad depot and general store.
We’ll be sketching the home and garden of one of the historic Victorians built on this property in 1899 and the old church too!
WHERE: Preston (Cloverdale) 204 Geysers Rd. Cloverdale. DATE: Saturday May 11 (always the second Saturday of the month).
TIME: 10am-1pm BRING: Hat, sunscreen, water, chair, and sketching supplies. PLEASE: Carpool if you can. There will be limited street parking. Hope to see you all there!
The Ready, Set, Sketch Group in Conjunction with The Healdsburg Art Atelier Presents: Sonoma County Plein Air Paint Out – A Four Day, Plein Air painting event and Wet Paint Gallery Show!
• Join in four days (June 20-23) of painting/sketching fun around Beautiful Sonoma County. • Mingle with other like-minded artists. All Experience levels welcome! • Participate in the fresh paint gallery show with Reception June 23 at The Healdsburg Art Atelier. • Participation is free but Registration (on eventrbrite) is required and space is limited. • *Optional* “Sketching Out-of-Doors for Beginners” class (taught by me, Richard Sheppard) offered June 15 in Healdsubrg, CA (separate registration and fee required).
How to Participate: • Register on eventbrite (only 50 places available). • There will be no instruction during the event (an optional class is offered the weekend before the paint-out). • Locations will be selected and emailed to participants in May. • Participation all four days is not required but if you feel you’ll miss more than two days, please let another artist who will attend more days sign up. • Each day we’ll meet at the designated location at 9:00am. After a meet-and-greet, we’ll head out to paint. At 3:00pm we’ll return to the original meeting place to share the day’s work. We’ll wrap up about 3:30pm. • On Sunday, after our daily painting, we’ll gather at The Healdsburg Art Atelier to set up for the evening’s “Wet Paint” show.
Wet Paint Show: • Reception 5pm-7pm, Sunday, June 23. • Since this is an impromptu, wet paint show, no work will be framed. • Each artist can select 1-2 of their new paintings to exhibit. Watercolor paintings will be carefully taped to the wall for viewing. Other work may sit flat on tables, etc. The public will be invited to the exhibit. • Artists will price their own work. All sales are final and will be handled through HAA with a 20% commission to the gallery.
Hello sketchers! I’m thankful for the tons of rain we received this winter but I’m even happier that sun is forecast for this Saturday! Woohoo! This month I’ve scoped out a great new location, the Sheraton Sonoma County near the Petaluma river. This hotel/business park has a lot to offer. Boats, the Petaluma River, a marsh trail, the overpass, even the hotel itself is worth sketching! So don’t miss it! We’ll meet at the north end of the business park on the west side of the parking lot. From the 101 head east on 116 and take a quick right at Baywood Dr.For those of you that need some quick fuel, Bright Bear Bakery is just up the road and looks fantastic. And of course, Starbucks is also just a little further along the 116.
When: Saturday April 13, 10:00am-1:00pm Where: Sheraton Sonoma County/Business Park Who: Anyone who has a desire to sketch can join us. Why: Because we love to sketch!
Sorry folks, looks like mother nature has more rain in store AGAIN this Saturday , so instead of ducking into a super crowded coffee shop (because they are jammed), 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.
Who: Anyone who has a desire to sketch can join us.
DATE: Saturday March 9 (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).
The weather is looking dry (fingers crossed!) for this Saturday, Jan. 12 so let’s Ready Set Sketch: Healdsburg! It’s been over two years since we sketched the downtown area and there’s so much to sketch, it’s worth revisiting! We’ll meet at 10am at the gazebo in the plaza then disperse to sketch. 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).Please watch the limited time parking closer to the plaza. I recommend parking on North St. just East of Vine/Grove street. Hope to see you there!!!
Join us SATURDAY November 10, 2018 at 10am-1pm in Healdsburg for the next “Ready, Set, Sketch!” group outing!
I’ll be showing my work at the holiday arts and crafts part of the farmers market this year and will be manning my booth at our scheduled meeting time. Please meet at my booth at 10am. From there we’ll disperse to sketch around town. At 1pm we’ll meet at the fountain next to The Bear Republic to share our sketches.
Anyone is welcome to join us. All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with (though it’s nice to have a chair, hat, and plenty of water).
Please remember to mind the parking limits on the streets!