daily painting | ribs

sketch/painting of t-rex skeleton by emily weil

I totally forgot how fabulous graffiti is in Berkeley bathrooms; soon I must visit pubs and bars near the UC Berkeley campus for fun and check out the stalls in the lady’s loo. Today was an interesting meeting of an urban sketch group at the Life Sciences building on the UC Berkeley campus where there is a full-scale model of a T-rex (and graffiti marvelousness in the ladies room). It was spectacular, and I haven’t seen one of these skeletal displays in eons (or maybe ever). The sketchers drew fabulous drawings of the bones and teeth and the claws and the tiny arms and I decided I liked the vertebrae and the rib cage so I did that (with my fountain pen and ArtGraf water soluble graphite which comes in nice little cakes). What a hoot. Plus, I always enjoy roaming around that campus as half my family went to Berkeley; my parents went there (and met there, in a chorale group); my bro got his PhD there and my grandfather was a professor at UC (engineering; I never knew him as he died when Mom was 12; my grandmother sewed crazy quilts made out of blue and gold mens’ ties) and my uncle, who graduated from Berkeley, requested that my mom, an organist, play Cal fight songs at his funeral, which she did. She also played the bells atop the Campanile once. Lots of family history there, and I’m kind of into seeking out my ancestors these days. Anyways it was a lovely part of my day and was made even sweeter when banding pal Bill, a fellow artist, also joined the artists. Great to mix things up doing things I never experienced before. Life is rich. I am grateful.

7″ x 7″ ink, water-soluble graphite on paper = $65