Ready Set, Sketch: Railroad Square in Santa Rosa!

Get ready for the next Ready Set, Sketch meet-up!
We’ll meet, rain or shine, in front of Flying Goat Coffee in Railroad Square, Downtown Santa Rosa. The weather looks like it’s going to cooperate but if it starts to sprinkle, there are not one but two coffee shops to duck into!

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 – 1pm

DATE: Saturday January 11

WHERE: Flying Goat Coffee at Railroad Square in Downtown Santa Rosa.
WHY: Because we love to sketch! And we all need the practice 😉

Ready, Set, Sketch: Petaluma Marina!

Hello sketchers!

I’m thankful for the rain we received so far this year but it does make it more difficult to sketch out of doors. This month we’ll return to the Petaluma Marina at the Sheraton because it has roofs to duck under in case it gets a bit rainy. This hotel/business park has a lot to offer: boats, the Petaluma River, a marsh trail, the overpass, and 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, the fantastic Bright Bear Bakery is a couple blocks up the road (2620 Lakeville Hwy, it’s hard to spot) and of course, Starbucks is also just a little further along the 116.

When: Saturday December 14, 10:00am-1:00pm
Where: Petaluma Marina at the Sheraton Sonoma County/Business Park
Who: Anyone who has a desire to sketch can join us.
Why: Because we love to sketch!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Marin French Cheese!

Prepare for another special “Ready, Set, Sketch” group outing as we head over to Marin French Cheese!
This will be a terrific sketching location complete with rolling hills, a lake, the creamery, wildlife, and of course, more cheese than you can shake a stick at. Their retail store has everything we need for a great picnic after sketching so plan accordingly.
Please join us! No experience is necessary. All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with.

TIME: 10am-1pm

DATE: Saturday November 9

WHERE: 7510 Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Rd. Petaluma, CA 94952

Hope to see you there!


Coming from Santa Rosa

South Hwy. 101
Take the E. Washington St. Exit (2nd exit)
At the light turn Right on E. Washington St.
Follow E. Washington St. to the 3rd stoplight and turn Left on Lakeville Street.
Turn Right at the next light on “D” Street.
Follow “D” Street 11 miles until you see the firehouse on the right.
Marin French Cheese is just after the firehouse on the right.

Coming from San Francisco

North Hwy. 101
At Novato take the Atherton/San Marin exit.
At the light turn Left on San Marin Dr.
Follow San Marin Dr. approximately 2½ miles to Novato Blvd.
Turn Right on Novato Blvd. And go 7½ miles until it dead ends into Pt. Reyes/Petaluma Rd.
Turn Left on Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Rd. and go ⅓ of a mile just past the firehouse, Marin French Cheese is on the right.

Ready, Set Sketch: Preston Farm & Winery! ***(Please note special 11:00am-2:00PM time)***

We have a special treat for this month’s meet-up: Preston Farm & Winery!

Preston is a full biodynamic farm with fruits, veg, livestock, and of course, wine! It’s a beautiful property and will provide a cornucopia of subjects to sketch.

From their website: “Come taste our estate wines, homegrown olive oil, just-baked bread, fresh and pickled vegetables. Stroll the gardens, greet the animals, purchase provisions in our farm store, and picnic in the shade of our walnut tree. Our hospitality is genuine and our agrarian setting is a welcoming slice of Dry Creek Valley.”

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, lunch, and a chair.

TIME: 11am-2pm (please note the time, this is not a typo!!! They open at 11am so we can’t meet at our usual 10am time)

DATE: Saturday, October 12, 2019

WHERE: Preston Farm & Winery (9282 W Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448)LUNCH: Please bring your own lunch. There are picnic tables available.

Hope to see you there!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Forestville!

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.

TIME: 10am-1pm

DATE: Saturday September 14

WHERE: Nightingale Breads (6665 Front St., Forestville, CA)

Hope to see you there!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Geyserville!

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.

TIME: 10am-1pm

DATE: Saturday August 10

WHERE: In front of Geyserville Coffee Company, Geyserville, CA

Hope to see you there!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Duncans Mills!

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!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Preston (Cloverdale)!

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!

Sonoma County Plein Air Paint Out June 20-23

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.

Paint Out Registration:

Class: Sketching Out-of-Doors for Beginners: