One of my favorite blogs is Urban Sketchers (www.urbansketchers.org), where correspondents from around the world post their sketches. The first rule of the Urban Sketchers manifesto is, “We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.”
I often draw from direct observation, but I don’t usually sketch outdoors on location. But on Friday, I had plans to meet Stacie for dinner. I had some time between the end of work and our reservation, so I walked to the park beside 4 Embarcadero Center, and sketched the San Francisco Ferry Building clock tower.
The Ferry Building is a San Francisco landmark, and it’s my favorite building in the city. Inside, vendors sell fresh seafood, meats, cheeses, and all sorts of other goodies. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, it’s home to the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, where foodies, like Jamie Oliver, can sometimes be found shopping.
When friends visit San Francisco, I always recommend they take a trip to the Ferry Building. You can enjoy a glass of wine and some clam chowder at the San Francisco Fish Company, buy some Mt. Tam triple cream cheese at the Cowgirl Creamery, or go to Gott’s, and have the best chocolate milkshake you will ever try (yes, it’s worth $5.99). And don’t be afraid to grab a pen and some paper, and sketch.