as the present now will later be past

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More campus construction. This is the South Silo, which is being totally remade into “the Market” I think, I have seen the images but I will just see it when it’s all done. There used to be a small Law bookshop here which sold snacks, where I would come and buy a Sobe and some mint M&Ms.I’ve been here on campus more than ten years now, which my 30-year-old self would see as a surprise I’m sure. So, it’s nice to track the changes when they happen. Hey look! Clouds! This was a day of fluffy clouds. We had a fair bit of at the end of October, washing Halloween out, and our final AYSO game of the season too. The sun is back now though, but the weather is decidedly cooler and more autumnal. This was the first day of November. With the upcoming presidential election, I prefer to call this month “OHGODNOOOOO!!!!!vember”. Two more months of this bizarre 2016 left, maybe two very long months. Keep on sketchin’…

Let’s Draw UC Davis!

Let's Draw Davis! November 12

Join us for another sketchcrawl in Davis, California! This time we will sketch around the exciting area of Vanderhoef Quad, on the UC Davis campus. This is home to the UC Davis Welcome Center, the huge Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and of course the brand-new Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, which has its grand opening the very next day. Not far from here is the Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine Sciences, an interesting place to sketch with its Good Life Garden (Jerry and Margo live next door), and of course the UC Davis Arboretum and Lake Spafford are just a couple of minutes’ walk away, a peaceful place to sketch.

START: 10:30am, middle of Vanderhoef Quad
FINISH: 3:00pm, same place

As always this sketchcrawl is FREE and open to anyone of any age/level who just wants to get out and sketch, and meet other people who like to sketch. All you need is something to draw with!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1589040501405221/

conversing with the campus…

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On October 6th I gave a talk at the UC Davis Design Museum as part of the reception to my sketchbook exhibition, “Conversations with the City”, which is curated by Tim McNeil and James Housefield. A lot of people came! Thank you to all who attended, it was lovely to meet you all and talk about sketching. I talked about my own story with sketching, and how I go about it, what I look for, what I used, and the various sketchcrawls that I have organized. I talked about Urban Sketchers, about the symposia. I also talked about using the sketchbook as a way to document history, showing examples such as the Occupy UC Davis protests of late 2011, the history of my son’s shoes, the progression in my own technique by drawing the Varsity Theatre for ten years and also (the set-piece I’d been dying to show everyone) the progression from the Boiler Building to the Pitzer Center (you can see that progression in this post). It was a lot of fun.

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Here I am talking about some of my pens, the Uni-ball Signo UM-151 pens I love so much. I like to point with my left hand. Goes back to my old big-bus tour-guide days, holding the microphone in the right hand and pointing with the left. And ducking to avoid branches.

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Here, I am pointing out sketches from the pages of my earlier sketchbooks.

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And finally, Q&A. Now get sketching! You can see some much better photos of the exhibition on the Arts Dept website at UC Davis: http://arts.ucdavis.edu/photo-gallery/photos-conversation-city

There is also a nice article about the show (and the sketchcrawl which was held yesterday…) in the Davis Enterprise, which has a much nicer photo of me at the museum event: http://www.davisenterprise.com/arts/scully-leads-sketchers-on-a-lets-draw-davis-crawl/

If you want to to check out the exhibit, it is open Mon-Fri from 12-4pm, and on sundays from 2-4pm. It runs until November 13.

From the Boiler Building to the Pitzer Center

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Last night I held a talk at the UC Davis Design Museum in conjunction with my sketchbook exhibit, “Conversations with the City”. It went really well, a lot of people came, and hopefully I made some sense. I know afterwards I kept thinking, “oh I forgot to say that! I should have mentioned this!” One thing I did make sure was a central part of the talk though was the idea of the sketchbook as a tool to record history, and to demonstrate that I showed the history (over a period of a few years) of one spot on the UC Davis campus, that being of course where the Boiler Building once stood, and its heir, the Ann E. Pitzer Center. UC Davis’s newest music building is, as regular readers will know, now complete and hosting beautiful music, and at last my final drawing of the building is done, right above. I sketched this last Sunday morning and showed it in my slides last night, the original will be displayed at Putah Creek Winery from next week (did I mention I have another show in Davis starting next week? I think in my excitement I forgot to say last night! I’ll post about it soon…)

So now then I will show at last the full story, as I showed people last night, of my sketches from the Boiler Building to the Pitzer Center. It has been a fun piece of documentation.

THE OLD BOILER BUILDING

Old Boiler Building

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boiler building (other side)

boiler building again

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THE DEMOLITION

boiler building, under demolition

boiler building, under demolition

boiler building (back)

boiler building, coming down

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…AND IT’S GONE

former boiler building location

TWO YEARS LATER…

music recital hall (under construction)

music recital hall (under construction)

Pitzer Center under construction

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pitzer center (under construction)

Pitzer Center UC Davis (under construction)

Pitzer Center UC Davis (under construction)

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Pitzer Center UCD

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THE PITZER CENTER OPENS!

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pitzer center rear

pitzer center performance 9/24/16

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Thanks for following this, everyone. It’s been fun.

next thursday – conversations with the city, talk and reception

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“Conversations with the City” – talk and reception

Well I’m enjoying my sketchbook exhibit at the UC Davis Design Musuem, the curators and staff there have done an amazing job showing off my little books. Anyway, next Thursday October 6th, from 6pm-8pm, the Design Dept will host a reception at the Museum, along with a talk by me which will be about my work, about urban sketching, and about why you should carry a sketchbook. You totally should come if you are in Davis!

Oh and why not bring a sketchbook? Hope to see you there!

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The Pitzer Center…finally finished!

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After more than a year covering its construction, preceded by several years sketching the old Boiler Building on this spot, then documenting its demolition, the Ann E. Pitzer Center is finally open. This is the new Music Recital Hall for the UC Davis campus, a state-of-the-art performance and teaching facility. This past weekend was the opening weekend of performances, and on Saturday evening I attended the Faculty and Students of UC Davis concert, choosing a seat near the back to not only get as good a view for a long-awaited interior sketch, but also to test the acoustics of this new space. They are very good. I drew most of the room before the performance started, and just added the performers of the first piece once they took to the stage; I spent the rest of the time just sitting taking in the beautiful music. Many of the performances were amazing, and so varied, a lesson in the history of music, but for me this first piece was the best bit. Members of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra played “Crisantemi” (“Chrysanthemums”) by Puccini, and it was just beautiful, haunting, elegant. The music comes right back to me when I look at the sketch. That is the thing about sketching – you can show, and you can even demonstrate your feelings in the lines, but unless you were actually there, you weren’t there, and I wish you could hear the music I still hear when I see it. I enjoyed this event, and the shiny clean newness of the building. I must make an effort to see some more events there.

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I did get an outside sketch of the back of the building before the concert, though it was a little rushed, and the green grass a little forced.

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I did do another one on Monday in pencil, of the view with the tall Sproul Hall behind it. I wanted to get one last sketch of this view, as this was the same view from when I sketched the Boiler Building back in 2011.And for all that I like this new building, and the beautiful music that it will host from here onwards, this view made me a little sad to think about the old Boiler Building, crumbling, idle, full of cobwebs and rust. I loved sketching that old place. Looking at Sproul in the background, though, I think I’m better at perspective now…

Old Boiler Building

Cruess

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Cruess Hall, UC Davis; this is where the previously aforementioned exhibition of my sketchbooks, “Conversations with the City”, is going on RIGHT NOW, Mondays-Fridays 12-4pm, Sundays 2-4pm, Sept 19 – Nov 13, at the UC Davis Design Museum. I sketched this on Sunday because I needed another sketch of Cruess for a different unrelated project. I haven’t actually had time to go and see the exhibit since it opened; this week has been a touch busy. Hopefully soon, I can’t wait to see what the folks at the UCD Design Museum have done!