By Gary Amaro in San Francisco
What I did draw: The Palace of Fine Arts was designed by Bernard Maybeck in the beaux arts style for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. Built of wood and plaster, it was not made to last, but so beloved as a landmark that it was demolished in 1965 and recreated anew in steel and concrete. It's plenty popular among tourists, I can tell you. As I drew, I caught the attention of waves of tourgroups, Chinese and European, expressing appreciation for my sketches in the universal language of ooohs and aaahs.
The Warming Hut is a pleasant cafe at the Northern end of Chrissy Field on a quiet stretch of path popular with joggers and cyclists. Listen to the seagulls and the waves lapping. I watched fireworks from here for the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Date stamps like this are available inside and throughout the park for kids to collect in so-called park passports. They look great in sketchbooks too. Previous sketches of mine from both of these locations are featured in The Art of Urban Sketching. Next up: Civic Center