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The blog serves as a collection space for a variety of musings and observations of the world around us...through the use of sketches, drawings, photos, images and videos...intended to be shared and to stimulate thoughts, ideas and inspirations...douglas wittnebel

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Creating and Blacksmithing and drawing at The Crucible

End state of the creative process of Blacksmithing session at the Crucible in Oakland, I found the need for sketching and drawing the ideas while hammering and flattening and twisting the heated state of the metal ...



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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Gensler Oakland and new friends


Created a cartoon graphic for part of the welcoming package for staff coming to the new office for Gensler in Oakland...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

First look at 2015, one of the shortest pencils in the world...


My first sketch for the year 2015, year of the sheep, a short, a very short pencil.

Cleaning out my old office and workstation in San Ramon in preparation for moving the business to downtown Oakland.  Exciting times ahead.  I found several short stubs of pencils and colored pencils tucked away in a drawer, each one bearing signs of long use and hints of history.  Oh if this pencil could talk, I keep thinking, and know that I will keep drawing everyday until my fingers wear out...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

...the calm before the storm...

A big Pacific storm coming into the Bay Area today,  lots of news reporting how big and strong this storm will be...
...here is a view of a container crane in the calm before the storm...



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

...for the love of a Flatiron building in Oakland, a greytone version...First National Bank of Oakland...1907

...all for the love of a Flatiron building in Oakland, a greytone version has been created and tested for a possible larger scale print version or maybe a wall version installation in downtown Oakland...
 
 
 
Above San Pablo and Broadway stands the premier flatiron building of the West Coast, a younger sibling of the more famous Manhattan one. Most of the stories in this building are woven into the exchange of money and finance, Wells Fargo being the most recent bank tenant. The original tenant was the First National Bank of Oakland, in this building complete with safe deposit boxes and a full basement for secure storage of valuables, furs, jewelry and paintings.
 
Built in 1907 after the great San Francisco earthquake, the building was designed by architect Llewellyn B. Dutton, who chose white granite for the lower floors and warm terra cotta tiles for the upper story enclosure, which wraps smoothly around the acute corner next to Frank Ogawa Plaza.
 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Back to the canvas again

Some extra off time on this Thanksgiving weekend, some time to spend on an older canvas piece, a reworking, a revisit to a former view of a landscape, the kind and the mind of an Airscape...


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The November issue of The Oaktown magazine is out on the digital newstands...Family issue!

 
 
The November issue of The Oaktown magazine is out on the digital newstands...Family issue!

The extended  families of the cool container cranes of West Oakland have finally had the chance to meet the extended and mulitple families of Turkeys in the hills of East Oakland...

 
 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Perspective sketching for Interiors class at U.C. Berkeley Extension, and a bit on Masaccio and Brunelleschi...

 

A progress stage photo from the Sketching for Interiors class at U.C. Berkeley Extension,  this time a focus on the rectangular volume, sitting and standing...and thinking a bit about Masaccio and Brunelleschi...
 
 
 
and a short bit on the art of perspective from: 
http://www.op-art.co.uk/history/perspective/
First Perspective – Fillipo Brunelleschi & Masaccio
 

Masaccio – The Tribute Money c.1426-27 Fresco, The Brancacci Chapel, Florence
 
 
 
The first known picture to make use of linear perspective was created by the Florentine architect Fillipo Brunelleshi (1377-1446). Painted in 1415, it depicted the Baptistery in Florence from the front gate of the unfinished cathedral. The linear perspective system projected the illusion of depth onto a two dimensional plane by use of ‘vanishing points’ to which all lines converged, at eye level, on the horizon. Soon after Brunelleshi’s painting, the concept caught on and many Italian artists started to use linear perspective in their paintings.
 
Masaccio (1401 – 1428) the first great painter of the early Renaissance period, was the first artist who demonstrated full command of the new rules of perspective; the figures in his paintings have volume and the buildings and landscapes realistically recede into the distance. Masaccio is seen now as being the initiator of the new style of Florentine Realism.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Boston banner illustration installation

...and now I have received a photo from Jeanne Nutt in our Gensler Boston office, where we can see the installation of the Boston illustration.  Super! 
 



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

From crayons to ink on paper

There is something still so magical about crayons...

It is fun to go back and try them again and again.  Now where is that box with the built-in sharpener?


Grand Canyon Sketches 2009

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009
a selection of sketches from the Grand Canyon