Thursday, July 28, 2016

Finding a new Local...Novel Brewing Co.

I love their "Barley-Quill" Icon.  The Owner/Bar Tender, Brian, almost did not believe me when I told him my two brothers are named Barley and Quill!

Got another new Brewery in Oakland!  As of June, Novel Brewing Co. 6510 San Pablo.  I first visited them July 21st.  I tried most of their beers in 3 taster waves of 4 each.  The taster flights come in nifty little book holders.  

A quick little doggie visitor.

It's a nice little tap room.

Here is the back of the Brewery, on my second visit to Novel.

My Book taster flight, table and floor.

Looking around the room...

and up at the ceiling.  

As per their name, they have shelves of Novels on the walls.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Barclays on College Ave is closing this week!

When I heard, back in May, that Barclays was closing, I made sure to visit and did this sketch.

Two kids nearby.  

A favorite tradition at Barclays: Beer Club Sunday!  Beer's half off for club members.

Some more Beer Club Sunday folks...mostly watching Soccer or, "Football".

Mike, with his brunch, and the Barclay's Beer club seal!

The last Wednesday at Barclays, July 13, 2016.  Thursday the 14th is the last real day there.
Another afternoon hanging at Barclays...

From June's 2nd Sunday Beer Club Brunch.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Drawing Marine Mammals with Ray Bandar.

The Cal Academy hosted a table of Marine Mammal skulls with noted skull collector Ray Bandar, Thursday June 9th.  I visited to draw skulls.
A Quick sketch of Ray Bandar.
Ray Bandar has been a significant contributor to the Cal Academy of Sciences for many, many years.  He is retired now, but if you are interested in his life collecting animal skulls, be sure to check out the Documentary about him and his life, "A Life With Skulls".
Risso's Dolphin.

Again, with neighboring Dolphins.

Northern Fur Seals.

I took a break from the Marine Mammals to draw this small Dog Skull from another display.

Back to the Sea!

Ray was fond of pointing out the the two Elephant Seals at the end of the table were Female and Male examples that were of the same age, despite their very different scale!

The Common Dolphin was a little sleeker, a little "more dangerous" looking.

Dolphins are all nice and good, but they are assholes too.  They commonly commit "porpoiscide" by ganging up on smaller Harbor Porpoises like this one and Murdering them, apparently for fun. 

English Bulldog skulls are horrifying!