Ready, Set, Sketch: An Olive Odyssey at Jacuzzi Vineyards!

Saturday, February 10, 10-1pm

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476

This month we have another special location selected (thanks Linda!) at Jacuzzi Vineyards located in Sonoma.

There is no cost to attend the event. . . the grounds open at 10 – (the olive event begins at 11). We’ll sketch from 10am till 1pm, then share our sketches.

Seeking more information about the olive event? Click here:

We’re allowed to bring chairs and stools, but no easels or oil paints.

From their website:
“Don Landis of Don’s Olives presents an all things Olive experience at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma, CA. All your senses will be stimulated! Savor unique Olives, taste delicious Olive oil and have Olive inspired food for snack. Feast your eyes on Olive art served up by ceramists, photographers and painters. Have your thirst for Olive knowledge quenched by Olive tree experts, notables from U.C.Davis and local folks. Enjoy fabulous Jacuzzi Family Vineyards wine…attendees can enjoy a special 15% discount on wine (wine tasting fees apply) and Olive oil in The Olive Press and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards gift shops all weekend. Tour The Olive Press Olive oil mill, browse the gift shops and relax in the beautiful courtyard with Italian music in the air…its entertaining, delicious and fun.”

Hope to see you there!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Green Music Center!

We have a special two part sketchwalk this Saturday, January 13, at the Green Music Center! 
We’ll meet at the entrance of Weil Hall at 10am at Sonoma State University and sketch around campus until 1pm when we’ll meet up again to share our morning’s work. Then at 2pm, for those who are interested, we’ll be sketching the symphony rehearsal inside Weill Hall. If you haven’t yet seen a symphony rehearsal here, it’s a real treat.
Parking is located across the street from Weill Hall at the Green Music Center and may be accessed by the main entrance on Rohnert Park Expressway. I have never encountered a parking fee on the day of the symphony rehearsals.

If you plan on attending the rehearsal,  tickets are $17 (plus any convenience fees) and can be purchased in advance online or at the door. Ticket prices may be slightly higher on the day of the event. I suggest bringing a sack lunch to be eaten before entering the theater since no food will be allowed inside (though snacks and drinks can be purchased and eaten in the lobby).
The program is as follows:
Conductor: Graeme Jenkins
Performer: Orli Shaham, piano
HAYDN : Symphony No. 100
MOZART : Piano Concerto No. 21
BARTÓK : Concerto for Orchestra
NOTE: While sketching inside the music hall, I recommend using only pens and/or colored pencils. A small watercolor set using a waterbrush might be acceptable but please note that food and liquids are not allowed inside the concert hall. We want to be respectful and keep the Hall clean while sketching. Also, we don’t formally have permission to sketch in the auditorium but a number of us have sketched there several times without any trouble.
DIRECTIONS: The Green Music Center is located on the corner of Rohnert Park Expressway & Petaluma Hill Road in Rohnert Park. It is located on the campus of Sonoma State University.

From The South
1. Head North on Hwy 101
2. Take the Rohnert Park Expressway exit
3. Turn right onto Rohnert Park Expressway
4. Turn right into the Green Music Center’s main entrance

From The North
1. Head South on Hwy 101
2. Take the Rohnert Park Expressway exit
3. Turn left onto Rohnert Park Expressway
4. Turn right into the Green Music Center’s main entrance

Ready, Set, Sketch: Petaluma!

The weather is looking perfect so come join us SATURDAY December 9 at 10am-1pm in Petaluma for the next Ready, Set, Sketch meet-up!

We’ll meet at 10am at Pete’s Coffee (5 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma) and then disperse around town to sketch. We’ll meet back at the same place 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!).

Hope to see you there!

Ready, Set, Sketch Postponement

Hello sketchers!

I know it’s been a difficult week for all of us in dealing with the fires. Some more than others, I’m sure but I hope you are someplace safe and your family and friends are all accounted for.

After careful consideration, I’ve decided to postpone this month’s sketching meet-up. It seems this afternoon that more evacuation notices have been handed out to Geyserville and now parts of Healdsburg too. I certainly hope all these fires get put out soon.

Please heed any warnings to evacuate if you are advised to do so!


Ready, Set, Sketch: Cloverdale Auto Show!

Come join us SATURDAY Sept 9, 10am-1pm for the 24th Annual Cloverdale Car Show for the next “Ready, Set, Sketch!” group outing!

Last year we had a blast!

There’ll be over 200 classic cars and motorcycles lining the boulevard. There’ll also be a Bear Republic Pit Stop Beer and Souvenir booth, food booths and vendors. This is also a great opportunity to tune up your people drawing skills.

We’ll meet at 10am at Plank Coffee at 227 N. Cloverdale Blvd. The earlier you get here, the easier the parking, though you should be able to park within a block or two of downtown.

For more info about the car event:

Hope to see you all there!

Ready, Set Sketch: Gravenstein Apple Fair!

Join us at the 44th Gravenstein Apple Fair for the next “Ready, Set, Sketch” meet-up!
Saturday August 12 from 10:00AM-1:00PM

We’ll meet at the entrance to the park at 10am.

Ragle Ranch Regional Park
500 Ragle Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Here’s a link for more information:
They’ll have tons of things to sketch…
Live Music on 2 Stages: Americana, World, Zydeco & more
30 of Sonoma County’s Best Food Vendors
Chef’s Tent: Guest chefs share techniques, tastes & recipes
Children’s Corner: Arts & crafts, farm animals, circus & more
DIY Workshops: Experts share skills from cheesemaking to worm composting
Vendors: Over 75 artists and crafters
Life on the Farm Arena: Farmer panels, sheep shearing, cowboy storytelling, etc.

Tickets ($12+fee) can be purchased online at:
Otherwise tickets can be purchased at the gate for a bit more ($15).
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 small portable chair, hat, and plenty of water).
Premium on-site parking is available at Ragle Ranch Regional Park for $5/day.
*Sonoma County Regional Park passes will be accepted.*Ride your bike to the fair and save $3 off your ticket, plus help to save the planet! Designated Bike Parking is to the right of main entrance.

Free shuttle buses will run regularly between two (FREE) satellite parking locations:
~ Holy Ghost Hall @ 7960 Mill Station Rd.
~ O’Reilly Media @ 1005 Gravenstein Hwy North/ Hwy 116

2017 Off-Site Parking Locations

O’Reilly Media
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North
Sebastopol, CA

Holy Ghost Society
7960 Mill Station Rd.
Sebastopol, CA

Ready, Set, Sketch: Healdsburg Farmer’s Market!


Come join us SATURDAY July 8, 2017 at 10am-1pm in Healdsburg for the next “Ready, Set, Sketch!” group outing!

We’ll meet at 10am at the south east corner of the market, then disperse to sketch around the area. We’ll meet back at 1pm 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!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Goat Rock Beach!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Goat Rock Beach!

Come join us this SATURDAY June 10 at 10am-1pm at Goat Rock Beach for the next “Ready, Set, Sketch” group outing!
Parking is limited so please carpool if you can. The weather should be nice (62° and partly cloudy) but bring layers and a hat.
Drive Highway 116 to the coast then turn south on Highway 1 until you find Goat Hill Rd.
Hope to see you all there!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Soda Rock Winery!

We’re are in for a treat this month!
Soda Rock Winery has agreed to let us sketch on their beautiful property located
in Healdsburg near Jimtown. Or if you prefer, Jimtown near Healdsburg!
Not only do they have a beautiful, historical stone winery, but they also have the wonderful
“Lord Snort” sculpture there as well. We’re going to have a blast and I hope you can join us!
Bring a sketchbook and a chair and see you there!
Soda Rock Winery
8015 Highway 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Saturday May 13
At 10am-1pm

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!