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!
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.
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.
We have a special sketch location this month for Ready, Set, Sketch! at Tera Firma Farms this Saturday April 14, 10am – 1pm! It’s a 250 acre farm with cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys. They’ll have free tours and lunch available for those who are interested at $10 a plate anytime after noon. This should be a great sketching opportunity!
From their website:
Join us the second Saturday of the month for a BBQ, free farm tour and see where your food comes from! At 1PM we will have BBQ Lunch available, featuring Tara Firma Grass Fed Beef Burgers and different Sausages, with Mindful Meat Hotdogs for the kids.
Bring your family, friends, and dogs (on leash) to meet other farm members and enjoy the view!
Please join us! No experience is necessary. All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with (it’s also nice to have a folding chair to sit on!)
Get ready for the next Ready Set, Sketch! group outing, Saturday, January 9!
We’ll meet, rain or shine, at Acre Coffee in Petaluma. The weather report was calling for rain for Saturday but it’s backing off from that report, at least at the moment. Lets hope its stays dry for three hours and then go back to the wet stuff we so desperately need! In case it is raining, we’ll still meet and draw in the cafe. Bring your favorite sketching book to share with the rest the group incase it is raining.
Please join us! No experience is necessary. All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with. The event is free.
DATE: Saturday January 9 (always the second Saturday of the month).
WHERE: Acre Coffee 10 Fourth St. Petaluma. (There are two Acre Coffee locations in Petaluma. We’ll meet at the 4th St. location)
Back in the last century, it was believed that buildings made with cast iron fronts were more fire resistant. It turns out to not be true, but the practice proliferated anyway. This building is one of several along Western Avenue referred to as Iron Front Row. The classic Coca-Cola sign painted on the back of the building features a young chicken since Petaluma was once known as the “Egg Capital of the World.”
I had a great time out sketching with the “Ready, Set, Sketch!” group. We had a total of 12 people in attendance. Thanks to everyone who came out.