more fall you

fall in the arboretum
It’s Fall. Autumn. So the leaves are all changing. You expect that sort of thing. Hey, you might remember I sketched this scene (from a different angle) only a week or two ago when it was all still green (actually I left the trees white I think, so that doesn’t work), I didn’t even compeltely colour this one in, but it was so peaceful and colourful. The scene below, sketched last week in the Arboretum, was also colourful, but there’s only so much time to colour everything in. It wasn’t that colourful I suppose.
arboretum greenhouse

but all the things that you’ve seen slowly fade away

3rd street building

This old building is on 3rd Street in Davis, near the train tracks. I believe it is part of the Ace Hardware complex of buildings, and I’ve always wanted to sketch it because I’m drawn to the way the shadows hit the light, the corrugated metal, the general weather-worn feel, and also it’s an easy¬† thing to draw. As much as I long for those big urban scenes, actually what I really like are views like this, where everything is a bit self-contained. As much of Davis seems to be slowly changing, upgrading, especially along 3rd Street (more on that in the next post), these older buildings are looking a little lost in the passage of time. I sketched in the shade on a sunny November weekend while leaning on an electric box. Those Fall colours are finally starting to come to life here in Davis.

islamic center of davis

islamic center of davis

Another Davis building along Russell, a bit further down from the International Center. This is the Islamic Center of Davis, a strikingly light blue structure just opposite some campus dorms. This building, opened in 2008, replaced one that was demolished in 2006. I can talk about those long-ago dates now and yeah, I was living in Davis then. That’s what ten years in this town does, it makes you a local, you get to see all the changes. That said, I don’t remember the building here before. I don’t come up Russell that often, but I have sketched this center once before, back in early 2010.

enter the international center

international center uc davis

This is the International Center of UC Davis, under construction. I cycle by it each day, and have done since it was an empty lot. It’s at the edge of campus by Russell. Here is a website that shows what it will look like. We have a lot of international students on campus (I should know, I deal with a lot of their applications), but also scholars and indeed staff (I should know, I am one). This whole building is costing almost $30 million and will open by Fall 2016. I hope they keep that big pink sign of the man playing tennis.

I kept giggling at that sign about cross traffic not stopping. Presumably this means that polite traffic would stop?

There’s a lot of new building going on across campus right now. We need it to, with the student population increasing, especially international students. We are a growing university…

back to the bike barn

bike barn uc davis
The UC Davis Bike Barn, all fresh and updated. I know, you can’t tell the difference, it looks like it has in every single one of my previous Bike Barn sketches, but look closely. There is a new window above the door, and the grey area is now painted red. I barely recognized it! Anyway, the Bike Barn might be the building I have sketched the most since moving to Davis ten years ago. You can see many of the rest by following this tag: I’m not going to show you all of the previous ones because I did that in my last Bike Barn post, but here are a couple for comparison…
bikebarn, uc davis

bikebarn, uc davis

pea green soup

mrak & king from the arboretum
While walking in the UC Davis Arboretum earlier this week, I was greeted with an unbelievable sight. The entire creek and Lake Spafford was a bright, grassy green. It wasn’t the water itself, rather the green stuff floating on the surface. It wasn’t a sickly green, rather a very healthy looking green. It looked like the fairway of a golf course. So I did a quick sketch, which is below. You can see it in the sketch above as well, though in patches the water is visible and reflected the sky. Those scribbly dark areas are shadows.
arboretum uc davis
Just a little green. Or a lot of green. Anyway, the arboretum is a lovely place right now, with leaves turning autumnal colours and the change in the weather (pushing 90 a week ago, pushing 60/70 now). Ok, so back to the top sketch, this is a scene that I’ve sketched many times over the years. I watched this view change over the course of a few years, once per year, until it settled upon the current look, when I got bored and stopped. You will remember, I have been in Davis ten years now, and it’s not a big place, things will get sketched multiple times. This is King Hall, with Mrak Hall in the background. This used to be a view of Mrak alone. Here are the sketches; I really do feel like a sketch historian now…


mrak & king halls

mrak & king halls

mrak & king halls

mrak hall... with the law school ruining the view

mrak hall

mrak, seen from the creek

Coming next: a new sketch of the Bike Barn, which I have sketched about two million times…


Tercero Halls
These are the Tercero Residence Halls at UC Davis. They are colourful, and still pretty new. In the background, the other UC Davis water tower (no not that one, the other one). I stood here one lunchtime and sketched in the shade, the weather still being really warm at this late-October time of year (it suddenly turned cooler this week, at last). Now as you know I like to showcase the changes in Davis, and this is no different, so below is a sketch from the spring of 2012 of these halls’ predecessor, already closed and about to be destroyed forever. Today, it is much prettier.

pierce hall (being demolished)