Alameda pier with pelican / by debbie rich

This afternoon I sat in the sun and sketched the pier behind my apartment building. The reflective bay water, sparkling sun, cascading rhythm of shoreline rocks and cement blocks. Ducks and geese and, I think, an occasional pelican. It’s all very peaceful and inspiring.


This is my first sketch of Alameda although I’ve taken a lot of reference photos already. Here's a composite of the view I was sketching. 


I plan to take this drawing further, but the oil pastel was getting a little messy working out of the sketchbook. Added green pastel to the upper right corner and it feels too bright. Time to tear out the page and set up a painting station.