A couple of weekends ago I was itching to get out and sketch, and really needed to draw a panorama. So I took the Moleskine, cycled to a familiar spot on 2nd Street, Davis, and stood on a concrete bench sketching the scene. I had to stand up high to look over parked cars. The Varsity Theatre has been a landmark of Davis since the 50s, having several roles before reopening in 2006 as an art-house theatre. It's a popular spot in the very heart of downtown, with the relocated Mishka's cafe next door and the new UC Davis store on the other side. I am still waiting for the holographic shark to come tearing out of the roof. I sketched in the lovely brown uni-ball signo pen I like so much, and by the end I felt far more relaxed than I did before I started. Going out and doing a drawing is like recharging your battery.
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
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