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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

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... 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:
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?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Boston banner progress and detail

...detail of left side of banner for Boston meetings, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the wonderfully proportioned Boston Public Library by McKim Mead and White...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Boston meetings illustration

 *second stage of the drawing, U.S.S.Constitution masts and rigging, Trinity Church
*first stage of the drawing, using the Charles River as the background image

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Muji and Uniqlo, design and experience blog link


"...Memories. That is what design experience is really all about. That is what design retail experience is all about. Embracing personal memories and creating new ones. 

I remember my first visit to Mujirushi (now Muji Global) Tokyo in 1992. The shop was located in Aoyama, across from the Meiji dori and the multi-leveled and formative shaped building Spiral dreamed by Fumihiko Maki in the late 1980s of Bubble Japan..."

beckoning kitty welcome 

the business card case holder

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009

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