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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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Tamalpais Path, Berkeley Hills

 
The Tamalpais Path
 

...the steps begin in the redwood-shaded corner of Berkeley's Codornices Park, you cross a wooden bridge over Codornices Creek. As you begin to ascend concrete steps, you pass by another bridge that leads to a residence.  You can continue to rise a total of 183 steep steps, through a wildish mini- canyon thick with ivy and blackberry bushes and a wild cherry tree under a canopy of bays, redwoods, and oaks...
 
 
 

 
 
At the top of the steps at 149 Tamalpais, stands an impressive residence from the early 20th century, three levels, clad in stucco plaster and redwood shingles...sketched view below...
 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Dry State of California, 2014 - 2015 -?


After the rains last year in March of 2014, many of the state residents, farmers, landowners, felt a little more confident about the amount of moisture in the soil and the levels of water in the reservoirs.
 
But after this recent dry winter, with very few rainstorms, and spotty occasions of Sierra thunderstorms, the state of California is now back in the extreme mode of water conservation.
 
We need to save water, we must conserve.
 
Here are my paintings from last year...


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Michael Kimmelman and Allison Arieff in a dialogue at SPUR Urban Center, San Francisco, CA

Kicking off the traditionally foggy month of June in San Francisco with a Visual Notes piece about the dialogue and coversation that was noted and illustrated at the SPUR Urban Center.  I have captured most of the topics and issues here, and only missed one item and the spelling of Zaatari, the instant refugee city in Syria... 
 

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009

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