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The blog serves as a collection space for a variety of musings and observations of the world around us...through the use of sketches, drawings, photos, images and videos...intended to be shared and to stimulate thoughts, ideas and inspirations...douglas wittnebel

Monday, December 31, 2012

2013, year of the snake

Final post of the year, a painting card study for the new year, 2013, year of the snake...created with ink pad app on iPad...

Friday, December 21, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Building Energy Modeling Study

 
 
 
As a kick off to the month of December, a posting of a recent building energy modeling study designed and created on the iPad with the use of adobe ideas...with a nod to the classic Beaux Arts ball...

Monday, November 19, 2012

Drawing on the wall, drawing on the digital screen

Drawing on the wall scenario in the conference room at the Gensler office in San Ramon, California...I am looking at some new ways to blend wall drawing techniques with digital screen imaging through mediascape...current topic of exploration is ways of working, or workstyles in the office of the future...

Friday, November 9, 2012

Meeting in Houston, Texas...Gensler


Once a year, the Principals of Gensler gather for one big super meeting.  This year the event took place in Houston, Texas, and the drawing above captures the events, locations, food, drinks and people over the three days...this was created in adobe ideas, ipad version...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

DFW Virgin America 12F

A view from seat 12F at DFW airport on an early morning flight, big scudding clouds beyond the extended wing and Tarmac...painted with adobe ideas

Via Flickr:
A view from the plane

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Seat 13A on a journey from east to west ...

Flight back from the Gensler Principals meeting in Houston, and a view from the Seat 13A, painted with ArtStudio app on ipad version...more interesting tests with the variety of brush styles and pencil/scribe techniques...

Monday, October 8, 2012

Town square studies on the weekend, traditional ink on paper

Weekend sketchbook travels in the park, some sketch views of a town square study for the city of San Ramon, California...welcome trip back to using my favorite Tradio pen on paper...

Friday, October 5, 2012

Alamo Square, San Francisco, design local

Participated in a great event with Mannington over the weekend, inspiration and energy from six local designers including myself to try to capture some of the essence and personality of the city of San Francisco...here was one of the plein air digital paintings from that session...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

apple orchard painting detail view...

a close up detail of the painting of the irrigation fields, with an apple in the orchard...digital artstudio ipad version.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dream landscape view of apple orchard, watering fields

while on the airplane flying from the east to the west, i observed the system of radial irrigation installations over a landscape next to a river in the western region of the U.S. and thought about the painted atmosphere view after it was studded with a set of doughnut structures...

Friday, September 14, 2012

Another view of Lake Tahoe

There was single house on a rocky point jutting into the cool blue waters of Meeks Bay of Lake Tahoe,  painted here with adobe ideas...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

View of Lake Tahoe, early Saturday morning, from above Meeks Bay

An early Saturday morning view looking east from above Meeks Bay, painted with procreate app, and various brush options...7AM...

Monday, September 3, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A six foot slice of space...last post of August

A painterly view of a selected slice of urban space, downtown San Francisco SOMA area, off of First Street and Ecker...created with sketchbookpro on ipad...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Maillardian style cooking, Argentine cooking study

August is coming to a close, with some peppery regrets I realize I have not been grilling as much as I wish, and I find a recipe for an Argentine style grilling, a focus on charred and sweet...The ingredients for the fire based meal include salt and pepper, garden rosemary, olive oil, garlic cloves, ripe peaches and boneless pork butt or shoulder...shown here in an array painted with sketchbook pro...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sand Hill School iPad class for 3rd and 4th graders

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Here are some additional photos from the class at the school...


Doug Wittnebel, design director, Gensler San Ramon, taught a class of third and fourth grade students how to draw on iPads at Sand Hill School in Palo Alto, a school that serves students who show signs of learning differences, inattention, and/or social challenges.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Summit of Mount Diablo, California

The summit of Mount Diablo sits at elevation 3,864 feet (1,178 m), the beacon tower was constructed in 1939-42 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, here we see a painterly view of the tower from the promenade level, looking south...painted using art studio on digital tablet...

Friday, August 3, 2012

Doug, teaching, iPad, children and more...

Doug Wittnebel, design director, Gensler San Ramon, taught a class of third and fourth grade students how to draw on iPads at Sand Hill School in Palo Alto, a school that serves students who show signs of learning differences, inattention, and/or social challenges.


Doug engaged the students with his own iPad drawings and showed them how to “paint” with the app. By utilizing technology to bring art back into the classroom as a therapeutic measure for children with learning differences, Gensler hopes to raise awareness of the importance of art in schools. The third and fourth graders are already using iPads for select activities.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

herman miller sketch works

a sketch view of one of the work/collaboration settings offered now with Herman Miller, this view is a combination of the catalogue and the wonderful new showroom in downtown San Francisco...this drawing was completed for the UC Berkeley extension class in Graphic Communication as part of a process demonstration for my students...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tower Bridge, a love story

That wonderful bridge over the Thames river should be a subject of my next book, and here is a cover illustration...

Via Flickr:
My love for this bridge over the Thames river as illustrated here...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pier painting, Bodega Bay, California, early morning


Early morning views of Bodega Bay, heavy fog layers blending the water and sky into layers of blue grey, heavy timber logs gathered and strapped with metal into pier formations with an atmosphere of weathered nautical sculptures...drawn/painted with adobe ideas on ipad...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Church of St. Theresa, Bodega, California

Hitchcock used the church as a prime setting for a movie, Ansel Adams viewed and framed it in some photos, and I painted and drew it on the weekend.  The schoolhouse is up beyond to the right on the hilltop. this was a rougher sketch approach to capturing the feelings of today and yesterday...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bodega Bay, early morning fog

Early in the morning over the weekend, heavy wet fog blanket over the Bay of Bodega, a painted version of the pale light and effects of the view looking north from the Tides restaurant...a nice spot for breakfast...and a wonderful way to view the changing light effects and the early morning fishin and clam digging men and women in the mud flats...sketchbook pro version...

Sunday, July 8, 2012

4th July 2012

4th July 2012 by douglaswittnebel
4th July 2012, a photo by douglaswittnebel on Flickr.

a quick sketch to celebrate the 4th of July...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

video compilation of aerial paintings, airplanes, airports, terminals, runways...


a link to the latest video including a compilation of drawings and paintings from travel scenes of airports, terminals, runways and airplanes...drawn and painted with a variety of apps on the digital tablet...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Modesto Gate

 Built in 1912, the entrance gate to the city of Modesto spans the street at 9th and I, a reddish color paint on a steel truss, displaying the key phrase words of Water,Wealth, Contentment, Health
Key Words that are on the top of the lists of many discussions and arguments in the news today. and more to come in the future...I painted this view using adobe ideas app for the top layers, and a brushes app for the undertone sky of blue and orange...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

a collection of cartoon/comic images on the issues of sustainable design

cartoon_collection by douglaswittnebel
cartoon_collection, a photo by douglaswittnebel on Flickr.

a collection of cartoon/comic images on the issues of sustainable design...drawn on the ipad...

Via Flickr:
The last five months of deep dive into sutainability and living building challenges, LEED and Net Zero, have allowed for some dives into cartoon images on some of the issues see here...

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Green Accounting Department and biophilia credits...



A sketch view glimpse of a must-see stop on the office tour, a very green accounting department, with biophilia influences throughout...
...sketched on the ipad...

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ronald Reagan, gate 33

Monument detail
"... It is sometimes called the City of Magnificent Distances, but it might with greater propriety be termed the City of Magnificent Intentions."
-- American Notes, Charles Dickens

Full painted image view from gate 33

Capitol detail
Last Sunday return times from D.C. at Ronald Reagan airport, looking back from gate 33, over the Potomac River towards the Capitol building and the Washington monument.  A unique viewpoint for me, and a perfect opportunity to try the newer layers on adobe ideas after finally successfully merging from the old versions...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Meeting and presentation in D.C. for Gensler University

...from Thursday to Saturday of last week, the Gensler University group held meetings and discussions that led to the creation of a presentation at noon on Saturday.  There was such a wonderful explosion of creative energy and thoughts within the group breakouts and it was fascinating to participate in the assembly of the best ideas into a one hour synopsis of five months of research and investigation.  More to come in the very near future...

This painting created in adobe ideas on the ipad captures the set up and the audience with video links to other gensler locations.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

DENVER B42

A trip over to the East Coast depends on a change of planes in Denver, and some time to paint Gate B42 and the snowy white terminal roof beyond...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mendocino Album

A selection of the painted views from the long weekend in Mendocino, top center create with procreate and sketchbook, bottom center done with procreate, the flanking images drawn with adobe ideas...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Street scene with windmill in Mendocino

...almost every house and building had a windmill, used to provide the power to pump water up into the redwood tank water towers for supply and pressure.  Some of the windmills are still standing relatively intact, sentinels and distinct markers in the town silhouette along with the water towers.  Another adobe ideas piece on the traveling ipad...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mendocino Memorial weekend times...

A visit back to the town of Mendocino, with views from an upper deck out beyond the edge of the town and to the blue grey ocean beyond...

Friday, May 25, 2012

IIDA Pioneers of Design Event with Yabu Pushelberg...

IIDA event with the Kimball sponsor group, front row seat and a wonderful op to see and listen to the fun  and enlightening dialogue between Yabu Pushelberg and Cheryl Durst, held at the Herbst Theatre in the city of cool grey love...painted with adobe ideas app ipad version...

Monday, May 21, 2012

OAK OAHU view

A simple color sketch created during the waiting time at the Oakland airport, looking from the Southwest gates, and viewing the planes preparing to fly to the islands of Hawaii...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sonoma vines greening

some time back on a weekend with clear skies and warm temperatures, greening vines were viewed and painted in the Sonoma area...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Meeting with client from India...

A first day meeting with the client from India, a review of the presentation materials on the screen and layers of drawings pinned to the fabric panel walls...drawn with adobe ideas on ipad...

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009
a selection of sketches from the Grand Canyon