tents stand off

occupy davis

This is Occupy Davis. It’s not quite Occupy Wall Street, which of course occupies Wall Street, place of economy crashes, and not exactly Occupy London, no resigning Cathedral heads here, and (thankfully) it’s nothing like Occupy Oakland. This is in Central Park, Davis, a handful of tents huddled not far from the Farmer’s Market (which is a bit different from the Stock Market). There are some signs up, and they’re obviously settled in, with bookshelves and a big tarp to keep the rain off, and no need for portaloos – they’re right by the public toilets. A few of the Occupiers were sat about guarding the ship; I was going to go and speak to them, maybe do some drawing over there, but I didn’t have much lunchtime left, and to be honest I felt a little intimidated, so I kept my distance. Plus there was a dog wearing a scarf. I’m sure there’s a lot of support for them, this being Davis after all, and I’m certainly on the side of the 99% and a supporter of peaceful protests (especially against those being allowed to get away with destroying the economy). Camping down the park in the cold far away from those being protested against probably isn’t going to get the bankers to give back their bonuses. But good luck to them.

pete at the bookstore, 11-11-11

11-11-11 art about event!

Mark your diaries! It’s eleven-eleven-eleven next week, whichever date system you use. If you’re in Davis, it’s the 2nd Friday Art About, an evening of art events downtown with music, food, activities and of course lots of art. And (for the second time this year!) I will be exhibiting some sketchbooks and prints at the Avid Reader bookstore on 2nd St. The prints will be exhibited until Dec 6, while the reception on the 11th will be from about 5:30 to 7:00 (after that there is some author event, not sure what). I will be sketching live (a ‘sketching demo’ I guess – code for, ‘i’ll be sketching anyway!’), and there will be sandwiches and wine. If you can’t make it, the sketchbooks will be at the Davis public library until the end of the month, and the prints will be at the Avid Reader. But there will also be an event at the Pence Gallery in December…

See you there!

pete in the library

Exciting News! For the month of November, my sketchbooks and drawings are currently being exhibited in a public display cabinet at the Davis Public Library! I’m very honoured by this. If you are in the area, please pop by and check it out! The Library was redeveloped last year and it’s a really nice place to visit. Here are some photos I took on my iPod after setting it up (apologies for the quality, I’ll take better photos!).

Sketchbook display at Davis Public Library
Sketchbook display at Davis Public Library
Sketchbook display at Davis Public LibrarySketchbook display at Davis Public Library
Sketchbook display at Davis Public Library

Many thanks to the kind folks at the Mary L Stephens Library for giving me this opportunity. I have more exhibitions in Davis coming up soon too, so I will announce those very shortly…

let’s sketch the park!

let's draw davis community park

It’s nearly time for another sketchcrawl in Davis! This time, we’re heading north to Community Park, starting at the Davis Arts Center and finishing up at the Davis Pubic Library.

This event is free and open to all who are interested in sketching! All you need is something to draw with and something to draw on.

DATE: Saturday, November 19, 2011
START: 11:00am, outside Davis Arts Center (corner of F St / Covell)
FINISH: 3:00pm, Davis Public Library (14th St)

Our last sketchcrawl was featured on the front of the Aggie a couple of weeks ago. We’ve also been spotlighted in Davis Life Magazine and by Aggie TV. The sketchcrawls are a fun way to get out and meet other sketchers, but also a way of really getting to know the city where we live, and explore it with our sketches.

(I will also be exhibiting some of my work at the library if you’re interested! It’s there now, I’ll post about it very soon…)

Hope to see you there!

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=300652183297546

Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/letsdrawdavis/