Saturday, 20 September 2014

Sketchcrawl at Preservation Park & Pardee Home Museum (Oakland, CA)


I went for a day sketching with the Bay Area Urban Sketchers at the Preservation Park and the Pardee Home Museum right across from the street! Apparently neither of them are normally open to public... It was quite a surprise to find such a serene and perfectly maintained neighbourhood (or more like an extended driveway) in Oakland! But there was barely anyone except the 10 or so sketchers scattered around the neighbourhood. Judging from the nameplates, almost all of the buildings are over 100 years old, most of them now rented out as offices. (The one in the drawing in the White House, built in 1875, now serving as the office of Preservation park and cafe)

Couldn't resist doing a panorama of part of the place. Judging from everyone's sketchbook at the end, the palm tree was clearly the crowd favourite lol! (from 10AM onwards, there were people continuously trickling into the Nile Hall, apparently a speech or rally is going on there. And everyone who drove past were giving us sketchers the @@; confused look)

I'm actually not sure what this structure is for....but it is in the backyard of Pardee Home Museum, the original resident of former Oakland mayor (also Californian Governor) George Pardee. The slanting sun was amazing! but also gave me vicious sunburns ;A;

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