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The official anniversary ended the prior evening but a few of us opted to stay another day. I was in the lobby early having coffee and a muffin. Kate and Sally would be meeting me and the plan was to take the cable car from Powell to the end, be touristy and make it to Chinatown. When I saw Elizabeth Z. In the lobby I told her the plan and she was happy to join us for part of it.

You should have seen us hustling to get the Most Perfect seats on that cable car and we had the Most Excellent Views down über hilly side streets. I won’t mention the two friendly young Mexican fellows in tip-top-shape runners (just ran in the marathon thing) who grabbed the standing room space in front of us.

When we reached the end of the ride the four of us proceeded to walk back down to the Ferry Building. This unexpectedly long walk left us hot, sweaty and exhausted so we grabbed a table inside and regrouped. After awhile Elizabeth split off to check out of the hotel and begin her road trip back home. Sally, Kate and I made it to the beginning of Chinatown and took in the sites. Yikes! Walking, walking, walking. Big hills. New York’s Chinatown is just an itty bitty hick town (a densely packed one) in comparison. Exhausted again we found a tea shop where we could sit, sip and relax.

When Sally announced that she was leaving to take something to Julia I asked her to sit still. “Just five minutes.” After she left I drew in the background.

Kate and I made our way back to the hotel, and, I can’t remember any of us having anything except the morning hotel muffins to eat the whole day. No wonder we were so ravenous. We wanted a simple meal and forgot about Julia’s e-mail recommendation of the nearby mall’s food court until the person manning the hotel reception desk reminded us. Off we went for a very satisfying plate of pasta. Ahhhh.

There was an early flight to catch the next morning (Portland via LAX) so, stomach full, it was time to pack, set the alarm and try to get some sleep.

While I waited for boarding to start I took advantage of a woman who had no problem sleeping.

That’s it for San Francisco. The masterfully organized JKPP 5th Anniversary was a whirlwind of sketching, conversations, new friends and non-stop laughing.

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Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers.

The morning after the five hour portrait party found a number of us meeting in the hotel lobby and then hot footing it to the Ferry Building. Coffee and a pastry made me happy. I decided not to sketch outside – not into sketching the view while standing in the bright sunlight – so I walked around the indoor marketplace and picked what I enjoy drawing.

Yuck. Never realized there was a demand for these things.

But I still lingered and sketched.

Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers.

The next morning was spent in Yerba Buena Gardens where we had brunch/lunch and sketched each other

before heading off to the rented studio for five hours of sketching each other.

Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers. A collaged bus ticket bit.

These are the journal spreads from my first day in San Francisco, including the travel portion.

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After checking in to the hotel and eating lunch in a nearby bakery cafe, I walked to the Ferry building where I found a Very Accommodating gull standing on a pylon. He just stood there posing – I swear – and I stood right in front of him drawing. Well trained beggar bird.

Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers.

This time, Tuesday morning, the alarm was set for 4:00 am. I vacated the hotel by 5:15, walked up the block past both the denizens of the street and others heading off to work and took the half-hour subway ride to San Francisco International Airport. I was already checked in and security was a breeze.

Of course I was early so I found coffee, a muffin and a seat at the gate. Before eating I was able to sketch a couple of people opposite me in my Moleskine (you all have to wait for this).

We had to wait at the gate while the tires were being checked so iPat decided to make an appearance.

Whipped these out lickety split in no time at all. Everyone was very cooperative.

And look at what I saw Monday while playing Stinkin’ Tourist with a couple of “still here” JKPP-ers:

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and ArtRage.

On Sunday morning we all met up at The Ferry Building, had coffee and pastry and then split up for about an hour’s worth of sketching. I managed to fill up two journal spreads before we were scheduled to have lunch in a Mexican restaurant (of course I didn’t pay one iota of attention to the name of it) that had a very good and very loud band. This turned out to be a day of many meals. Burp.

At the appointed time we gathered at Alley Cat Books for the reception in the gallery where many of our JKPP portraits were on display. Julia arranged this exhibition, matted, framed and hung the artwork. We were all very impressed at how wonderful everything looked and how large the turnout was. There was much mingling, even I mingled and schmoozed! Jarrett was in a corner demonstrating to and teaching a rapt audience about a few of the art apps he uses on his iPad. There were cookies. Burp.

Philip is always willing to sit still and let anyone and everyone draw his portrait.

After the reception Julia took us on a tour of all the murals in the Mission District. Dinner time came and found us having Chinese food in a restaurant with an Indian name. More burping.

Oh. On the way to the Bart subway we stopped for ice cream. Buurrrppppp.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and ArtRage

This is still about the official five hour portrait party that took place on Saturday.

Eventually I was so exhausted just the thought of drawing another portrait sent me into paroxysms of terror and I had visions of being carted away in a straight jacket. What happened next was that the “models” struck their poses right in my line of sight – just across the table from me – and I kinda sorta ended up with a zillion quasi portraits of a whole bunch of obviously more energetic artists.

Hi Uma! Remember me?

I’m meeting Kate in a little while. Maybe she won’t see this one until later.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and ArtRage.

A couple of hours on Saturday morning was spent outdoors in Yerba Buena Gardens where we ate our take-out lunch/brunch and sketched.

Then we all spent five hours in a studio space Julia had arranged. Sketching each other until exhaustion set in. There were even Skype sessions with JKPP members in England and Australia.

Six of us mustered up enough energy to get a pizza and salad dinner at the restaurant next to the hotel and then four of us went for a short, brisk-ish 20 minute walk.

It sure is more difficult drawing portraits of the actual, living, breathing person right in front of you.

We started out in small groups, but, without any plan, everyone drifted into one large group sketching the same model.

Sometimes the room was silent and the concentration über intense.

Mostly, though, there was so much laughing and talking – loads of information and hints shared.

Oksana’s daughter sketched and also sat for a couple of ten minute poses.

Earlier in the day we spotted this Garden Gnome in the Yerba Buena Gardens sitting with his back to a large tree, sketchbook and pen in hand. Now he is perched on a high stool.

Australia. This artist sketched some of us and a few sketched her. Before this we were somewhere in Britain.

Phew. Then I discovered that there was a table filled with all sorts of snacks (thank you Jenny). Even though I was exhausted I managed to pass that table many many times.

I still have more drawings from this day, some will be coming tomorrow and some have to wait until I scan them. Stay tuned.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro, Sketch Club, ArtRage

I got up at 2:00 am, Friday morning, a taxi brought me to the train station and the 4:01am train. At Jamaica I boarded the Airtrain which took me to JFK and the 7:00 am plane to San Francisco. Which is why I had to keep moving moving moving and sketching everywhere all day long. I also have a Moleskine journal with me but those drawings have to wait until I’m home and can scan them.

After I checked into the hotel I walked to the Ferry Building, stopping for lunch along the way.

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At 4:00 pm I was back in the hotel lobby to meet up with Julia, the JK OF JKPP, and the other internet friends who were participating, (me too), in an iPad art demonstration and panel discussion at the San Francisco Apple store. It went very well, was a lot of fun, and I am pretty sure I didn’t embarrass myself even though I was pretty close to operating on an empty tank. Yikes. I almost passed out when I realized a microphone was going to be involved.

Kate spoke after me and Chris listened attentively.

Afterwards thirteen of us piled into a neighborhood Indian restaurant for dinner.

The manager of the Apple store chose Kate’s painting as the image to advertise the JKPP event.

And now it is Saturday morning and I think I’m feeling very rested, in a very good mood and I had a brilliant idea. My special gift to you all.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and ArtRage