The inspiration for this virtual walk came from a Preservation Leadership blog on
Early San Francisco Parking Garages. I love funky old buildings, and these are anonymously designed (in some cases) and I don’t want them torn down!
To see the walk we took, from Haight and Schrader
to Frederick to the Richard Gamble Memorial Dog Park, go here!
For my take on the sixties walk in 2015
I wanted to convey a bit of whimsy,
and to also remember the counter-culture
that I really was not able to experience,
being either too young (teens) or too responsible (I practiced architecture there for IBM).
I was in love with San Francisco as a kid,
when my mom and I would go and explore the wharf, eat crab in front of Alioto’s, dink around in Chinatown and Christmas shop. In my teens and twenties, when it was the city of love, and the culture defined the meaning of colorful.
As a young woman I had a romance both in the city and with the city, and would shop at City Lights Bookstore or William Stout Architectural Books for hours,
lost in heaven, then eat at the street vendors in Chinatown.
If I was eating after work I went to the Tadich Grill, where a woman could sit at the bar, talk with others, and it was cool without being weird. Breakfast was at Cafe Trieste
or Buena Vista if I had time and a friend with me. I’d shop across the street at the Pier stores and found my first Mei Fa Stix in the Haight.
I spent many weekends in San Francisco alone, and if my career teaching had taken a different turn might have moved there, but I
ended up teaching at UCLA.
As a Californian Gurl, I also wanted to make sure to include my beloved palms, which are everywhere in the city, and range from scruffy short stubs to majestic anchors.
These simple penciled guidelines allow me to remain truer to the perspective,
but also are a way of me getting to know the way the buildings are built.
Do the windows line up? Are the floors level or split level?
Is the street level or going up or down?
I liked the clean inked version of this layout so much I decided not to use
colored inks or watercolors. I’ve always loved inked drawings,
and was never happier than when I was inking a large formal drawing at school.
Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal,
Pentalic HB woodless pencil, Platinum Carbon pen.
I started a closed Facebook group page (you must join to view) to allow everyone
to comfortably post their virtual sketches, and also where we will,
from time to time, take virtual sketch walks together.
If you want to know more about what a virtual sketchwalk is review my first post.
Come join us On Facebook if you are inclined!
There are a few more notes/pointers on our first walk through Laguna Beach, California.
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