sketches from the auction

pence art auction 2012
Saturday night I had the pleasure to attend the Pence Gallery’s 2012 Art Auction. As I mentioned in a previous post, I had two drawings in the auction (and I’m pleased to announce they both sold!) and so I spent the evening looking at some amazing art work by local artists. I am always particularly impressed with the incredible ceramic work on show, Davis is known as a ceramicist’s town and several luminary ceramic sculptors were there. The food was nice too! So for the live auction itself I sketched on the program. The auctioneer was entertaining, the bidding exciting (from where I was standing), and I sketched away. Local artist Marie-Therese Brown, who has an amazing show at the Artery right now, was there and sketched me sketching, so I sketched her sketchbook (see bottom left of the drawing above) when she sat down. Art just carries on!

I also sketched outside on the back patio area, where a really nice new sculpture of a woman now stands. A band was playing, people were chattering and eating and drinking, it was a warm late Summer night. The Pence is a great local resource, a true local art hub.
pence art auction 2012, on the  patio

2012 art auction at the pence

This month I am participating in the annual Art Auction at the Pence Gallery, on D Street, Davis. The auction is a silent auction which started on September 1 and ends at the main Gala Event itself this Saturday September 22. The event is a fundraiser for the Pence Gallery, which supports the work of many local artists and serves the local community through its exhibitions, classes and events. There is still time thi week to place silent bids if you’re interested in owning some great local art – just visit the Pence Gallery, and see their website for details.

I actually have two pieces in the auction this year, both with a very Davis theme to them (of course):

Varsity panorama (actually, this one sold already!)

Varsity Panorama

The Delta of Venus (still available!)
delta of venus, davis

If you’re Davis-bound this week, pop by the Pence and check them out!

hop to it!

bugshow mosquito lamp

“Hop To It” is the name of the Bug Show currently on display at the Pence Gallery in Davis (details of the show are here: Hop To It). I popped down there last Friday and did a little sketching. Some of the pieces there are incredible! One of my favourites was the mechanical contraption above, “Mosquito Lamp” by Scott Rhoades, made of found objects such as an old drill. It’s remarkable! So I had to do a sketch of it.  I also did a couple of sketches of some of the ceramic and stoneware bug objects – below is one of local art all-star Heidi Bekebrede’s ‘Cuteware’ bees, with the trademark cuteware smile, her work is always a pleasure. I also liked the ‘Grub Phone’ by Wesley Wright, he had a couple of pieces there that really stood out and got a lot of admirers.
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My piece at the show, a drawing of a yellow VW Beetle, sold! Here it is below, with the little red dot. So you know, I wasn’t the only one who submitted VW Beetle for the bug show, there were a few in fact..! Anyway if you’re in Davis, pop by the Pence and see the bugs, the show runs until July 29.

beetle at pence

pence gallery garden tour

This Sunday, the Pence Gallery in Davis is organizing the 21st annual Garden Tour, in which people can visit eight artistic private gardens in Davis. In each garden there will also be a local artist, painting or drawing away, and I am honoured to be one of those artists. I will be drawing pictures in a garden on 8th street. The other artists are Andrew Dorn, Debbie Gualco, Deborah Hill, Milton Kalish, Michael Mikolon, Patris, Marti Walker and Beth Winfield. tickets are $28 on the day ($20 for Pence members). The paintings made and drawings drawn will later be displayed for sale at the Pence. It should be fun! (If my allergies dont make me sneeze all afternoon…)
For more information, please visit:

a look at the gallery

pence gallery, davis

This is the Pence Gallery where I had my show last month. I had wanted to go and draw the building properly for a while, as it’s a very interesting design, but usually the foliage hides it a bit (but I love January!). I started this on Tuesday lunchtime, and then finished it off last night at home. Canson watercolour paper with uniball vision micro pen and cotman watercolours.

Incidentally, if you missed the show, you can see all the drawings that were on display on this new page here: Pence Gallery Show December 2011. Hope you like it!

take me to the place where you go

at the Pence Gallery showMy sketchooks, at the Pence GalleryChristmas Carollers at the Pence Gallery

Sorry for the lack of sketchbloggery this past week; I have been quite busy, and quite tired! But to report on last Friday’s show (and in fact the exhibit in general) – what a success! So many people came, my voice was getting hoarse from all the talking. Thank you so much to everybody who stopped by, I really appreciate it, and I hope you enjoyed the event. I brought along a few sketchbooks for random people to flick through (I know, heart palpitations, but people were gentle), and quite a few of my drawings on exhibit have sold now too.

A post-show beer

Afterwards I needed a beer. Just the one, but a big one. Next day I went and chopped down a Christmas tree, and the day after that I went to see a show at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, where everybody was walking around holding a drawing that I had done… Much more posting to be done, stay tuned!!!

tonight! come and see my drawings…

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This is the exhibit of my drawings upstairs at the Pence Gallery. I popped by the other day for a quick sketch. Tonight (Friday Dec 9) is the Artist’s Reception, when I will be there with my sketchbooks out, talking away. It starts at 6pm until 9pm. If you’re in the area, please come by!


Pence Gallery Show, Dec 2011

urban sketches at the pence

Pence Gallery Show, Dec 2011

My long-awaited show at the Pence Gallery in Davis finally opened today!

The show runs for the month of December (until the 30th), upstairs at the Pence, and features a series of urban sketches drawn around Davis in the past few months.

On Friday December 9th, there will be an Artist’s Reception at the gallery, from 6:00-9:00pm. Please come by to say hello! See the Facebook event page

preparing for my show at the Pencepreparing for my show at the Pence
My show at the Pence Gallery

If you’re in Davis, please stop by the Pence! They have a wonderful holiday market going on right now. They are open Tuesday-Sunday 11:30-5:00. Please see for more information.
Pence Gallery Show, Dec 2011

je pense, je pense, je pense

pence gallery on D street

The Pence Gallery on the right and Antiques Plus on the left, a view of D Street drawn one lunchtime a couple of weeks ago. That man really was hunched up like that working on his laptop. It seemed wrong to leave him out. Seemed a strange place to study, but who am I to talk, I hunch over my sketchbook around town all the time.

So I don’t know if I have mentioned it before, but this December I will be having a show upstairs at the Pence Gallery, exhibiting many of my recent urban sketches. I’ll publicize it a little more widely as it draws near but I have been busy drawing away, still one or two sketches left to do but I’m getting there. They’re all sketches of Davis, places locals will recognize. Like this one. Stay tuned!