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June 16, 2014

Back on Sunset...

About 2 years ago I set myself a challenge, to draw my way down Sunset Boulevard...it's been awhile but I'm back at it. Sunset isn't the longest street in sprawling Los Angeles (must be one of them though--about 22 miles), but is probably the most famous. I've always loved it because it's a great way to show visitors some of the breadth of Los Angeles...not just the distances but the very diverse neighborhoods. I've read that it was originally a cattle trail from the Pueblo de Los Angeles to the ocean--don't know if that's true, but I love the thought of herds making their way down the Boulevard! I've back-tracked a bit, returning to the old neighborhoods to see what had changed, and got as far as Hollywood...and like the cattle, will eventually make it to the ocean!

 Echo Park and a bit of the neighborhood...





 Some views of the Silver Lake neighborhood along Sunset...





And a view of Sunset and Vine in Hollywood. A bit of California history remains with the presence of the El Camino Real bell marker (these markers can be seen up and down the length of California marking the old "royal road")...

8 comments :

Vicky said...

What a great project and wonderful sketches. I love the way you capture the light and shadows of LA. It looks so inviting!

Suhita said...

Virginia, I just love your capture of the LA light. So strong, so blindingly bright, and so well captured through the contrast with those cool shadows. Am loving seeing LA through your eyes.

VHein said...

Vicky and Suhita, thanks very much--I do love observing the light, especially on these days with the longest daylight hours!

kumi matsukawa said...

Brilliant feel of LA light! I Love especially the bottom one and the second from the bottom so much!

Veronica Lawlor said...

Nice walk-through!

Fred Lynch said...

Virginia, this a great series! It really takes me to LA, a place I've never been. Terrific.

VHein said...

Kumi, Veronica and Fred, thanks a lot!

Shiho Nakaza said...

Virginia, you're inspiring me to start sketching from the other side of Sunset...eventually we shall meet in Hollywood!