We had a lot to be thankful for over the Thanksgiving holiday. We joined some family members in the Los Angeles/Santa Monica area, enjoyed some sunny California weather and learned of another new family member to be born this spring.
For the sake of expediency, I'm posting a collection of sketches from that trip.
Hollywood is packed with sketchable locations. TCL Chinese Theater (formerly Grauman's Chinese Theater) is an essential landmark on the Avenue of the Stars. Apparently when it opened, a riot broke out as fans tried to catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrities.
|Chinese Theater, Hollywood|
Parmahansa Yogananda founded the Self Realization Fellowship in California, being one of the first to bring yoga philosophy and practice to the US in the early 1920's. The Lake Shrine, situated just up the hill from Malibu in the Pacific Palisades, is a wonderfully peaceful oasis so close to the bustle of LA.
|Windmill at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, Malibu|
|First version- more detail than I wanted|
|Version 2 - quick sketch|
|Entry Way to Hauser, Wirth and Schimmel Arts Center - Arts District, Los Angeles|
|Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica|
|Bergamont Square, Santa Monica|
|Tower 16, Santa Monica Beach|
|Slack line walkers, Santa Monica Beach|
Los Angeles, one of the few places where the subway has to stop for traffic and vice-versa. Actually "sub" way is a misnomer since most of the track is above ground. Nonetheless, it's public transportation that runs from downtown all the way to Santa Monica. And it's cheap!
The Binoculars Building in Venice - designed by architect Frank Gehry - formerly housed the advertising agency, TBWA\Chiat\Day, but as of 2011 Google opted for a lease to house its Los Angeles expansion. The binoculars were designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen and served as an entrance to the building and the parking garage.
Sunset on our last day - we'll be back.
|Last night sunset - Santa Monica Beach|
|LAX - waiting for departure|