all these things into position

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More campus construction…this is the International Center, on the north end of campus, and it is almost ready. I have sketched it once before (in this post), but I have been cycling past this spot for years. By the way, click on the image to see it embiggened slightly. This was sketched in the watercolour Moleskine (#14 of those sketchbooks I have used). I like this view, as the perspective points us all the way to Russell. It was breezy, but the weather is getting pretty mild now. The last few days of my thirties are winding down.

a monday lunchtime sketch

university ave house, davis
So I wasn’t sketching enough in 2016 (and I still am not, for my liking…been occupied) but I resolved to sketch every lunchtime this week. I made it four out of five which is very much back on track. This house is on University Avenue, just off of campus, and I just had to stop and sketch it. I don’t know if it’s related to sports clubs on campus but there is a big wooden sign referencing UC Davis rugby above the windows. This is a very typical style of house for the older streets of Davis. This is roughly on the other side of the block from the sketch of A Street I posted earlier this week.

constructing the manetti shrem, part five

manetti shrem museum under construction jan 2015
The second of my 2016 sketches so far, continuing my documentation of UC Davis’s upcoming new art museum, the Manetti Shrem. The frame of the large metal canopy is up; this will look impressive from the air. Here (from the Manetti Shrem’s website) is a pre-visualized idea of how it will look: I feel like I’ve been peering through the window at Christmas time waiting for a glimpse of the new toy display; I can’t wait to finally walk around inside. I’m going to keep documenting as it goes up, updating every couple of months or so, but in the meantime here is a little retrospective so far…


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bell free

belfry A-st jan16

This was the first sketch of 2016. Seems like ages ago – I’ve just not done as much, two sketches since new year. Come on Pete, no excuse! This is unlike me. Partly, I’ve been uninspired – what do you sketch in the town where you’ve sketched everything – also it’s been colder, rainier, which is no excuse really because I like it like that. I’ve been busy, but I’m always busy in January. I was happy to get out this one lunchtime though, and sketch this building on A Street. That’s “A” Street, not “a street”, oh I’ve done that whole thing before. Still it would be nice if it was actually called “a street”, and then “bee street”, “sea street”, followed by “the street” “he street” and “f*@! street”, and then “gee! street”. After that Davis downtown kinda ends so that game gets a bit boring. Still it’s always fun when people ask me the way to “a street” and I say, “sure, which street do you want” and so on. That never happens. It’s also fun when I ask people “which street is this” and they say “A” and I say “I said, which street is this” and they say “A” and I’m like, “WHICH STREET IS THIS” etc. That never happens either. Ok, the sketch. The Belfry. I’m not sure they have an actual bell in there, maybe a doorbell, or it may be in the rear building, which actually does look more like a belfry, I suppose. Actually it is the meeting place for the Christian Lutheran Episcopal Fellowship, no hang on it’s the Lutheran Christian Episcopal Fellowship, or is it the Lutheran Episcopal Christian Fellowship, yes I think that is the one. It’s a hard name to remember, but it’s important to get these things right, in case there is another group with one of those other very similar but totally different names (“splitters!”). They missed a trick not being called the Christian Lutheran Episcopal Fellowship though, because the acronym would have been “Clef”, giving them a possibly great musical symbol to use as a logo. Instead the Belfry has a very angular, almost runic symbol. They’re also the meeting place for the Christian Orthodox Fellowship, no I mean the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and the Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry Group (ok, I give up). It is fun though to come up with humourous pretend names for religious groups to come up with funny acronyms, but I won’t share any here (because I haven’t thought of any yet).  So anyway, the Belfry is a religious place, so the bells are likely more spiritual in nature than actual bells (in fact you might say it is “bell-free”). Shame, who doesn’t like a good church bell ringing.

Anyway in case you are interested in whereabouts this is on A Street, here is a handy diagram showing some of my other A Street sketches. Click on it to see more detail. Looks like there are a few gaps I need to fill. Now I know what I can sketch this week!

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