|Getting set up for the Obliteride at Gas Works Park: Seattle, WA|
The drive to the Bay Area was about 13 hours so there was plenty of time to kill in the car. This first sketch was drawn the day before at Gas Works Park in Seattle. The park was being set up for the Obliteride fund raiser for Cancer Research. I completed a simple line work drawing while waiting for my sketching class to show up the day before we left for California. I didn't have time to complete my sketch at Gas Works Park so on the way down to Oregon, I applied watercolor washes in the car, basically working from memory.
We stopped in Ashland, Oregon for lunch. Ashland is known for the Shakespeare Festivals it has held every year since 1935. It has an outdoor Elizabethan theatre similar to the Globe theatre. I remember being there years ago but at that time theatre seating was a banked lawn.
|Allen Elizabethan Theatre: Ashland ,Oregon|
El Cerrito is a small town just north of Berkeley, California. This is where my parents have lived for nearly 45 years. Where the hills of El Cerrito meet the flat lands was a stone quarry which was recently turned into a one stop Recycling and Environmental Resource Center. If you are a resident, you can drop off all sorts of items for recycling, including some hazardous waste. It is designed as a semi circle with different stations where you can drop off pharmaceuticals, needles, batteries, cfl light bulbs, motor oil, electronics, cardboard, paper, plastics etc. It also has a drop off for Good Will items and a center to drop off or pick up free used books. This design got a Platinum LEED designation. It is well worth looking at. I would love something like this in Seattle.
|El Cerrito Recycling and Environmental Resource Center: El Cerrito, CA|