I give up the safe and controlled environment the studio provides when drawing in public spaces. Cafes and bars serve as temporary studios with unpredictable levels of noise and movement that rise and fall. Patrons are the only unchanging component of such places. Their active stillness is reliable as they sit, drink, text, and stare at their screens for hours.
At Coupa Cafe, the woman glances at the entrepreneurs just as I do. She is like my reflection.
It is with great excitement I announce today that I am on the crowdfunding platform, Patreon. Patreon is a website that enables fans to become patrons of the arts by making monthly contributions as the artist releases new work on a regular basis. Contributions are vital for many artists these days, and for these contributions, you receive behind the scenes benefits, such as Question & Answer sessions.
As someone who has urban sketching posts stretching as far back as 2005, I'm ecstatic about Patreon. Sharing artwork with the world is one of the most fulfilling things I experience as a human being, and now to have the opportunity for patrons to share back with a few dollars is extremely gratifying.
Patreon is a young, but promising startup. I would personally like to see Patreon adopt a more streamlined design like Squarespace or Kickstarter, and, of course, gather a strong presence of fine artists.
I'm always going to post my urban sketches and prints on my website, and they will always be free. However, with your support as a patron, I'll be able to post higher quality work, more often. For this, I will be endlessly thankful. To check out the rewards you get for being a patron, hop over to my Patreon page.
These drawings capture different views from some of my favorite dining spots around the bay area. In addition to portraying the patrons of cafe culture, I like concentrating on those it takes to keep the establishments running.
This week, the drawings focus on counters, and the people behind them. View of Dohatsu Kitchen, View of La PanotiQ's Counter, and Barista at Barefoot Coffee are created from this past week. I thought I'd also pull in a pair of drawings created around this time last year, while I was in Japan, since they fit into the theme of the work this week.
Drawings this week portray some of my favorite locations in Palo Alto.
Enjoy Artwork at Silicon Valley Open Studios!
This weekend, 22 artists (including yours truly) will open their studios at the Cubberley Community Center to the public, as we are participating in the 29th Annual Silicon Valley Open Studios. I'll be showing current work and my working space. My incredibly skillful colleagues Barbara Boissevain, Sahba Shere, and Marianne Lettieri are among the other artists with open doors. There will be food, drink, and plenty of artwork for sale.
Time: Saturday, May 2nd and 3rd, 11:00AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Cubberley Community Center (E, F,U wings), 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA
About Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS):
Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been connecting art enthusiasts with local art and artists in Silicon Valley for 29 years. SVOS is one of the oldest, largest and most popular art events in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, go to: www.svos.org.
About Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP):
The Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP) supports the vitality of the arts in Palo Alto by providing City-sponsored, affordable studio space for artists, building creative community and fostering public engagement with the arts and artists. Cubberley Artist Studio Program consists of 22 studios, currently housing 27 artists; a rotating studio available for residences and studio rentals for up to 4 months; and a community programming and exhibition space. The Cubberley Artist Studio Program is administered by Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto. For more information, visit: www.cityofpaloalto.org/casp
Special thanks to Pushan Vij for photography. Visit his Facebook page here.