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July 30th, 2007

“Napa Purple House – sketchbook entry – 4″ x 6″ – watercolor and felt tip pen – orig. not for sale – print available

This weekend we made the trek to the SF Bay area to visit with our daughter before she heads back to business school in the fall. We had a great time brunching in the Marina district, visiting Mt. Tamalpais and hiking in the woods, dining on tapas, seeing some Shakespeare, more brunching in Napa and visiting a winery. I sketched and painted along the way, so here’s a quick page from my sketchbook, done at brunch on Sunday. Yes, this house really was painted bright purple with blue accents. It was across the street from a charming cafe, and I was fortunate to get a window seat to sketch this souvenir while chatting and munching.

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  1. Karen, I LOVE the purple house. One of my favorite things about the SF area is the brightly colored houses. You captured the feeling well! Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Creekhiker — July 30, 2007 @ 10:35 am
  2. Thanks Holly – yes we saw so many houses I would love to draw and paint. Great old Victorians. I took pictures of many but this one was conveniently outside the window

    Comment by Karen — July 30, 2007 @ 11:03 am
  3. LOVE it! It made me realize how much I miss your sketches, too…

    Comment by Kate (Cathy) Johnson — July 30, 2007 @ 4:33 pm
  4. Yeah, I’ve been putting all the “push” behind getting an inventory of paintings. It was so relaxing to just draw smaller sized things for the fun of it. I focused on trees for much of this trip because they’re so important in the landscape. I have a whole catalog of them – some more detailed than others. It sort of depended upon how much time my husband was in the bank/gas station/etc. along the way. More time=more details!

    Comment by Karen — July 30, 2007 @ 5:11 pm
  5. I love bright colored houses! Sounds like you had a great time!

    Comment by Tami — July 31, 2007 @ 8:36 am

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