Last Sketch of the Year in Malibu

by Suhita Shirodkar, Virginia Hein and Shiho Nakaza in Malibu, California USA

Suhita was visiting Los Angeles with her kids, and Virginia and Shiho were also in town to meet up and sketch together on the very last day of 2014. We went to Adamson House in Malibu thanks to Suhita’s suggestion. It is a gem of a museum located next to the beach in Malibu off of Pacific Coast Highway. Here are our thoughts:

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Shiho:

I didn’t know anything about Adamson House even though I only live about a half-hour drive from there – thanks to Suhita, I’m rediscovering my own city! The day was sunny, but I did not expect the wind to be so chilly. It took me a while to figure out an ideal spot to sketch (in the sun, away from the cold wind, but no sketching was allowed inside….) I ended up taking a lot of visual notes: the types of tiles, fixtures, windows, red colors of poinsettia, and a beach to indicate the location.

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Suhita:

Little porthole window bordered with tile. Adamson House, Malibu. The inside of every surface in this house is covered in gorgeous Malibu tile, but there’s no sketching or photography allowed. So I sketched this little porthole window from the outside of the home, which has a white adobe-style look to it, with just a little hint of tile showing.

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Virginia:

While I didn’t finish a sketch that day, what a pleasure it was to spend time with my fellow Urban Sketchers Shiho and Suhita!

Here is a photo of us, closing out the last group sketch of the year. Happy New Year, everyone!

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