While I was eating

Back in early May 2019 I attended an all-day conference held at Stanford University, and so I went up the day before to have a relaxing meal and get a good night sleep. That evening I was lucky to find a restaurant right across the street from the hotel in Palo Alto, CA called Siam Fine Thai Cuisine. As usual, I took my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, which I used while I slowly sipped my beer and ate my pad Thai with tofu. There were folks sitting to my left next to the window, and they became that evening’s practice in the Sketch Club app. When the owners saw what I was doing, they got curious. I showed them the piece, and they liked it enough to express interest in obtaining a copy. Check back to see an image of the wall hanging at Siam Fine Thai Cuisine. Here’s the piece:

While I Was Eating at Siam Fine Thai Cuisine

Incidentally, the conference was called iRelaunch. It was a valuable experience, and I highly recommend it for people who’ve had to step away from their profession(s) briefly for one reason or another. Click here for more information about the iRelaunch Conferences and Carol Fishman Cohen:

One relatively comical take away from the conference was this drawing in Paper 53. A panelist suggested that it’s important to get dressed and to make yourself presentable everyday while you are in the job-search mode…even if it generally takes long for you to look natural (anywhere)!

Whatever It Takes

Stinson Beach, CA & Portland, OR: A Recent, Two-Sided Trip

Angel Trumpet Annyth: iPad painting in Sketch Club, near Stinson Beach

Hats Off: iPad painting in Sketch Club of a dear friend, David In Muir Woods; oh, I’m there too!

Sausalito Sidewalk Bench: iPad drawing in Sketch Club done on a bench in front of a shop in Sausalito

Parkside Snack Bar: iPad painting in Sketch Club of our go-to place in Stinson Beach, CA

Sleeping Man on Light Rail Train: iPad painting in Sketch Club of “moving relaxation.”

Cohousing is for the Birds: iPad painting in Sketch Club of a birdhouse on the grounds of Green Grove Cohousing

Diane Leafe Christian on Sociocracy: iPad Sketch in Sketch Club during a talk at the 2019 Cohousing Conference in Portland, OR

Raines Cohen on Cohousing as Social Enterprise: iPad painting in Sketch Club done at the 2019 Cohousing Conference in Portland, OR

Coming back up for air: iPad drawing in Tayasui Sketches on the return flight

Miller: Pub Steward and Diviner

It happens now and then. I walk into the 17th Street Public House. Miller is behind the bar. At this point I say, “What am I having?” And, as if she were reading my palm, she diagnoses my brew disposition by handing me a sample of something that pretty much always hits the spot; and that’s what I go with.

However, earlier this evening things were slightly different. Miller was busy with other thirsty patrons, and I got the 1st of two beers for the evening from another therapist/barkeeper.

About thirty minutes later, while I was sketching the image below – an owl in connection with something in wood I’m currently working on – I hear Miller talking to another patron about a certain beer on tap. My curiosity is triggered. I inquire, and Miller says, “I’ll give you a sample, if you draw a picture of me.” Now, I’m not from the Depression Era, but I am somehow accustomed to doing almost anything for beer, even a sample of beer. So, knowing that I need all the sketching practice I can get in general and at least as much Procreate practice in particular, I sip the sample of what I eventually order next, accept that it is, indeed, Miller Time, and I start working on this:

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Remember what I said about the owl?

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