Historic Alameda

[By Tina Koyama in Alameda, Calif.] On our way to Yosemite National Park, Greg and I spent a couple of days in the San Francisco Bay Area visiting family and friends. Thanks to a recommendation from Berkeley urban sketcher Cathy McAuliffe, we discovered a place to stay that was completely new to us: the island town […]

4th of July parade in red and blue

[Guest post by Cathy McAuliffe in Alameda, California]  Alameda, California’s annual Mayor’s Fourth of July extravaganza is a great event. It is said that half the city is in the parade and the other half watches it.   Color guards, marching bands, baton twirlers, classic cars, horses, politicians, veterans, and floats, floats, floats, lots to […]

San Francisco winter

Hi from Fog City! The Californian drought meant we’ve had an uncharacteristically dry winter but it has allowed for frequent sketch outings around the city.  The cemetery at Mission Dolores is a peaceful, contemplative place to draw in.  Deep in the Mission, on 24th street.  I always love sketching in Japantown. You can find great […]

skyhawk, hornet

The USS Hornet is an Essex-class U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier. It was commissioned in 1943 and served until 1970. It is now the USS Hornet Museum, anchored in Alameda, CA. The decks are filled with historic aircraft, including this A4 D Skyhawk attack bomber, seen here on the flight deck with the ship’s conning tower […]