SketchCrawl 18: San Francisco

Last Sunday Lisa and I joined the intrepid San Francisco SketchCrawl group on a chilly grey morning at Ghirardelli Square, where over 60 artists turned out to sketch in and around the Fisherman’s Wharf area.

It took some fortitude to sketch in the windy open areas, but we were rewarded late in the day when suddenly the sun came out. By the time we all meet back at the starting point to share our sketchbooks it was downright balmy.

We had a great time exploring and sketching both indoors and out. I took some photos of the event as well, and Lisa and I finished the day in civilized manner with Irish Coffees at the Buena Vista Cafe.

Bay View from the Aquatic Park (larger)

Ghirardelli Square (larger)

At the Cannery (larger)

Here and There:
Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Sq., Argonaut Hotel

SketchCrawl is an inspiring event which takes place several times a year. All over the world artists spend the day sketching, on their own or in groups, and then share their work online. It’s great fun and a good way to get yourself motivated to really do some drawing. Keep an eye on the SketchCrawl website for the next event and come on out!


11 Responses to “SketchCrawl 18: San Francisco”

  1. Santa Fe Sketch Grids : Sketching and Sketchbooks Says:

    […] top one is inspired by pages Lisa and I did this spring on a SketchCrawl in San Francisco. These are very fun to do! I draw out the boxes first, and then find little […]

  2. theresia Says:

    Ah, I miss Ghirardeli 🙂 Awesome sketches 🙂

  3. Anita Davies Says:

    Lovely work!

  4. Wendy Shortland Says:

    A VERY civilised way to end the day. I love the colour of the hills in the first one, It is wonderful. And I particularly like the pages with boxes with drawings in them.

  5. Casey Says:


  6. TeriC Says:

    Wonderful sketches from your crawl!! You really captured a lot esp. with your grid.

  7. mARTa Says:

    I was there the day before! I just love SF! I hope to do a sketchcrawl one day! I love the grid pages as I haven’t seen you do those before. The one of the bay with the GG bridge….just lovely!

  8. Atka K. Says:

    Hey here! I’m curious about those Sketchcrawls. I’m from Barcelona, and I think we don’t do such things here, and it seems so fun.

  9. pete scully Says:

    great stuff, great colours as usual, and i really like the last one

  10. Jana Bouc Says:

    Oh these are your very best so far! It sounds like a great day. I had too many other things going on that weekend (including the season kick-off of my plein air group at a ranch on Mt. Diablo). At least I get to enjoy the sketchcrawl vicariously via your wonderful pictures!

  11. Bill Says:

    Nice work, as always, Martha.
    You view of the Golden Gate–one of my favorites of yours so far–brings back memories of the Richard Scott Travel Sketching workshop last June. I sketched, I think, from the same location, only farther to the right. I see you got some color variety in that background mountain and managed all that humongous detail in the bridge well.
    By the way, I have tried Fabriano Artistico hot press you use in your sketchbooks. It is the best hot press I have found!

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