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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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014


"...They took all the trees
Put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot..."
Joni Mitchell
Big Yellow Taxi

Monday, April 21, 2014

KUBB, the game from the weekend of camping on Mount Tamalpais

KUBB is an outdoor or lawn game where the primary object is to knock over wooden blocks by throwing or tossing wooden batons.  Today's version originated in Sweden, and the rules vary from country to country and from region to region, but the ultimate object of the game is to knock over the five kubbs on the opposing side line, and then knock the "king" over, before the opponent does, the nickname of the game is "Viking Chess." Games can last from five minutes to well over an hour or two. The game can be played on a variety of surfaces such as grass, asphalt, concrete, sand, snow, or ice.  Here are my sketches of the game in progress at the campground.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A view into the future of Oakland, a speculation...Work Live, Love and Thrive in the City

The presentation video for the Work in the City project has now been submitted.  One of the images featured in the video is an illustration of the city of Oakland in a future speculative view...shown here is the lower left corner of the illustration.
"Speculation, like nature, abhors a vacuum"  Spinoza

Friday, March 28, 2014

A napkin sketch that goes around the world...

A napkin sketch created for Art Gensler for use in an event held at CCA this week, the sketch was created by hand, and then scanned for digital use in printing on napkins...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Work in the city 2

Work in the city 2 by douglaswittnebel
Work in the city 2, a photo by douglaswittnebel on Flickr.

Progress on concept sketch aerial view of Oakland environs...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Oakland Urban Field Notes

Color draft folded version of the four beautiful buildings in downtown Oakland, hand-drawn illustrations

Sunday, February 23, 2014


SOMA SF MOMA by douglaswittnebel

SOMA SF MOMA, a photo by douglaswittnebel on Flickr.
View of the cranes and construction of the new museum addition...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009

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