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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, August 25, 2015

Dad and Daughter drawing times



We will probably end up drawing the world together on our future journeys around the world...She has an amber eye for detail and a knack for keen observation, and a responsive hand eye connection...








Thursday, August 13, 2015

Stump Beach, Salt Point State Park, Northern California

ink brush and ink pen on sketchbook...a beautiful sandy cove with kelp plants, small caves, fallen trees, and warm sand...part of Salt Point State Park...

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Doodling time on Saturday morning

A great way to finish breakfast with doodling placemats, challenge to draw an elf, a chameleon and an ostrich...


Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Tamalpais Path, Berkeley Hills

 
The Tamalpais Path
 

...the steps begin in the redwood-shaded corner of Berkeley's Codornices Park, you cross a wooden bridge over Codornices Creek. As you begin to ascend concrete steps, you pass by another bridge that leads to a residence.  You can continue to rise a total of 183 steep steps, through a wildish mini- canyon thick with ivy and blackberry bushes and a wild cherry tree under a canopy of bays, redwoods, and oaks...
 
 
 

 
 
At the top of the steps at 149 Tamalpais, stands an impressive residence from the early 20th century, three levels, clad in stucco plaster and redwood shingles...sketched view below...
 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Dry State of California, 2014 - 2015 -?


After the rains last year in March of 2014, many of the state residents, farmers, landowners, felt a little more confident about the amount of moisture in the soil and the levels of water in the reservoirs.
 
But after this recent dry winter, with very few rainstorms, and spotty occasions of Sierra thunderstorms, the state of California is now back in the extreme mode of water conservation.
 
We need to save water, we must conserve.
 
Here are my paintings from last year...


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Michael Kimmelman and Allison Arieff in a dialogue at SPUR Urban Center, San Francisco, CA

Kicking off the traditionally foggy month of June in San Francisco with a Visual Notes piece about the dialogue and coversation that was noted and illustrated at the SPUR Urban Center.  I have captured most of the topics and issues here, and only missed one item and the spelling of Zaatari, the instant refugee city in Syria... 
 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Koi pond in the courtyard of the Marriott hotel





 
 
"Interestingly, Koi, when put in a fish bowl, will only grow up to three inches. When this same fish is placed in a large tank, it will grow to about nine inches long. In a pond koi can reach lengths of eighteen inches. Amazingly, when placed in a lake, koi can grow to three feet long. The metaphor is obvious. You are limited by how you see the world."

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Plumeria, the flower of the isles of Hawaii

The first plumeria plant was introduced into Hawaii in 1860. It was delivered by Wilhelm Hillebrand, a German physician and botanist who lived in Hawaii from 1851 to 1871.
 
 
 
 
An interesting tidbit, Plumeria flowers are most fragrant at night to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them. The flowers have no nectar, however, and really trick their moth pollinators. The moths  pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar. 
 
 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Water spouting turtles, lions and griffons...




Dragon turtles, lions, griffons and other marble creatures spout water into the pool at the Marriott...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Kalapaki Flora

 
 
  A digital plein aire painted view of some of the flora on the garden edge of the beach at Kalapaki...Kauai...
 
 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Soursop, a fruit from the Pacific Ocean islands...



I saw a collection of soursops sitting on a farmers table in Poipu,
And I thought of all the strange fruit I have seen in my travels,
I asked the farmer about the taste and preparation, 
She nodded and replied, simply slice and take a bite with a spoon...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kalapaki Beach, Ninja, Lauren and the sand...



On this beach, we met Ninja, the black dog of speed and agility, and his caretaker, Lauren...
We learned that Lauren will be publishing a book in September and look forward to its premiere...

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Kalapaki Beach painted...


The beach scene at Kalapaki next to Nawiliwili beach on the green and brown isle of Kaua'i...painted with the Adobe Sketch app on the iPad...

Shave Ice Hawaii, Kauai

A refreshingly cool way to make your tastiest taste buds happy in the Hawaiian breeze...

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009

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