Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego, Ca

Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 1:38 PM
Organ Pavilion: Balboa Park
I had the opportunity to spend 4 wonderful days visiting my girl Amy in San Diego, California.  I drove south on a sunny afternoon and enjoyed a few days of shopping, going to the SD Art Museum in Balboa Park and having a languid lunch over sangria and blood orange cosmopolitians at El Prado.  It's difficult to get sketching time in when with a non artist.  Rudy is always patient with me but the girl wants to move on.  But I managed to get in this quick sketch of the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.  While sketching the organist was practicing and it was so delightful to be drawing and listening to a private little concert!  At home I dropped in the watercolour and added a bit of zinc white and rich gold gouache.  
The two hour drive home today was in a heavy rain that made the roads slick and dangerous.  No sunshine in southern california today.  I have a most busy week but will dedicate some time to browsing the blogs and see what you all have been up to!


  1. what a privilege to be sketching and having the "private" concert! it really inpired you I can see.
    I'm glad you've had a good time. I knew I had not answered right, I'm very bad at guessing or games, hahaha. xoxo martín.

  2. mARTa Says:

    well Martin, San Diego IS right next door to Mexico!!!

  3. Wow! maybe my luck is starting to change... I was close enough this time =)

  4. laureline Says:

    This is so charming. The pavilion looks like it has wide open arms and the arced rows of seats look like big smiles. All those curved lines and semi circles are wonderful.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    This is really lovely. I like the muted colors.
    Sounds like you had a great time and visit and got safely back home.

  6. bec Says:

    very pretty sketch and you got a private concert too. Can't beat that! I love your soft color choices.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    This is a great sketch MArta! So this is where you were when we all wondered? I love those sweeping curving lines!

  8. Desiree Says:

    All I can say is "It's about time you got back!" Missed you.

  9. What a great sketch - there's something delicate about your linework. You do beautiful travel sketches - and having seen them in person I know that they're even better on paper than as scans.

  10. Sandy Says:

    Hey Marta, I have been there and seen the lovely Balboa gardens and that huge organ , although not lucky enough to actually Hear it ! Sounds like you had a fabulous time and yet another great travel sketch!
    And I would appreciate any tips to keep my Betta happy - and Alive :-)

  11. Claudia Says:

    Marta, this is a very lovely sketch! I especially like the green and soft rosé you used for it. Nicely done.
    And, thank you for sharing your carnival memories with me by visiting my blog. Muchas gracias!

  12. Wendy Says:

    You've got a great ambience in this drawing. Maybe it's something to do with the lunch.

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