Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Memories of Ceiny

Ceiny was a warm-hearted individual who brought so much enthusiasm to drawing and whatever she was engaged in. We spent many sketching sessions in each others' company, quietly recording what we saw around us, and Ceiny always seemed to find the specific elements which told the story of the place and the people. She helped me through an emotional rough spot with my own health issue which was much appreciated. 

Upon returning from travels, she would share her experiences and observations through her very detailed and illustrative imagery. She seemed to see things in a sweetly unique way. —just trying to find some words which work among the many available to us to show my appreciation of her as a person. 

At a book shop on College Ave.

We went to "occupy the farm"

Remembering Ceiny Carney

Ceiny sketched by Susan

This post is in honor of Ceiny Carney -- sweet woman, talented artist and fellow urban sketcher who died about a week ago.

In May 2015, we spent a rare warm evening sketching on the courtyard at Freehouse, an eatery in a historic 1928 hotel near the UC Berkeley campus. I drew Ceiny as she sat sketching in quiet concentration in the late afternoon sun.

Susan sketched by Ceiny

Fond memories of a get together we had in the spring of this year. Ceiny, me and the gang sketched one another and gave the person we sketched the painting we had made. This was a rare sketch night because we didn't scatter in search of a good sketch location. We sat together around Cathy's table, sketching and painting one another. We had a lot of laughs. 

Above is Ceiny's painting of me, hamming it up over a vase of fresh daffodils. Didn't Ceiny's drawings capture the essence of every location? I remember her amazing concentration, enthusiasm and artistic focus. And a sweet little laugh that I can hear in my memory. We miss you, Ceiny.

My Memories of Ceiny

Last year I met Ceiny for the first time in Manchester, England  at the
 Urban Sketching Symposium.  After that trip I kept running into her every week for
 about two months including at Green Gulch Zen Retreat when no one was around except
 her and her buddy from France. I took that as a "sign" that I was meant to have her as my
 friend. It was she who brought me into the blogging urban sketching group for
San Francisco that changed the scope of my life.

Thank you Ceiny. You have forever changed me. I will pick up your torch and carry on with your 
colored pencils, beautiful smile, and wonderful sense of humor. --Vivian Aldridge

Here are three sketches to remember you by....

1) Last winter I sketched each member of my group wearing a hat.
Ceiny is in the bottom row on the right.

2) I sketched this of Ceiny in April.

3) Ceiny drew me in the sketch below and asked me if I did not mind if I had
 taco sauce dripping out of the corner of my mouth ;-)

A Life Well Composed: Remembering Ceiny Carney

I miss Ceiny, a member of our urban sketching chapter, who passed away recently. I'll always remember her compassion, her sense of social justice, and her enthusiasm for sketching the world around her. She could-and did-sketch it all!
These are Ceiny's sketches. Please see other posts about her life, her work and our memories on this blog  and related Facebook Page.

Remembering Ceiny Carney

Ceiny, one of our members passed away a week ago. She was a big part of our group and we miss her terribly. Today we are posting remembrances of our sketching time together.

Ceiny was always available to sketch no matter where we were going and always captured the scene in her trademark style. I will remember her political sketches the most and I will think of her as we carry on reporting the protests and marches to come. Here are some of those sketches and a photo of her Hands Around Lake Merritt sketch that was included in our exhibit "This Is What Democracy Looks Like." —Cathy McAuliffe

Remembering Ceiny....

Ceiny, our dear sketcher friend died last week & I miss her enthusiasm and wonderful laugh.  Following are a few of my favorite Ceiny sketches including her narrative and ending with my own sketch at Clevelend Cascades at Lake Merritt showing sketchers from behind, Ceiny on the far left.

Gyuto Foundation, Richmond March 8, 2017 - The monks plan to install a total of 365 prayer wheels to surround the monastery, giving everyone an opportunity to circumambulate and turn the wheels for a walking meditation.  "If one turns the prayer wheel with positive thoughts for the benefit of others, it transforms one's mind and offers its blessings of compassion."

Serrahna Clothing December 27, 2014 - More from our evening at Serrahna, full of colorful apparel made from traditional Indian fabrics, as well as accessories  (jewelry, scarves, hats, etc).  The owner, Andrea, who designs the clothing, was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study textiles in India as an artist at large.

Piedmont Yarn Shop October 18, 2014 - This cozy yarn shop has been owned since July by two longtime friends who met while working in the Berkeley Shakespeare Company costume shop.  In addition to all the colorful yarn and handmade sample garments, the place was decorated with knitted leaf garlands for fall.

Sketchers Hats - sketched everyone from behind with their hats (except Sonia) since it was quite toasty (from left, Ceiny, Susan, Cathy, Sonia (no hat).

Monday, August 14, 2017

RIP Ceiny!

This is a sketch that Ceiny drew last November at the Hands Around the Lake event at Lake Merritt in Oakland.

In a Facebook post Feb. 23, days before the One Week 100 People drawing challenge Ceiny issued a challenge of her own by listing the names of nine artist-friends. She ended her post with these words: "Especially looking forward to yours Carrie Lee McClish!"

"Oh no she didn't!" I said to myself with a smile on my face. But that was Ceiny. That was her way of telling me, "hey, girl you can do this. I know you can!"

And I did it. I spent that week in March drawing 100 people on location, not from photos or a computer screen, but on the plaza near my office, in nearby coffee houses and restaurants, and even at church. And I did it in less than a week. 

Anytime I posted a sketch on Facebook Ceiny gave it a thumbs up or "hearted it." Her sense of wonder and enthusiasm for sketching made the past years five years that I spent sketching with her a joy-filled journey of growth and discovery.

Her spirit will live on in all of us who knew and sketched with her.

Rest In Peace, Ceiny!

Below is an iPad portrait I drew of Ceiny in the days following her death.

Fairyland In the Late Afternoon

Cathy provided construction paper & glue, the "Big Pumpkin Espresso" shop was closed for business.

I was drawn to the Mock Turtle figure from Alice in Wonderland with tears falling down his cheek.

Meeting Lucky and Muffet!

The first thing us sketchers - Sonia, Cathy, Susan, Vivian, Judith, and myself, along with honorary member Ken - did at Children's Fairyland was meet up at Lucky the Dragon for our photo op.

Then we wandered off on our own to sketch. I ran into Little Miss Muffet and her eight-legged companion and recorded the experience in my pocket Canson sketchbook. Then for a change I went high-tech and used my iPad Pro 97 to sketch the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.

Children's Fairyland - Where Fairy Tales Come True

"There Once Was a Woman..."

Children's Fairyland on the shores of Lake Merritt, Oakland, has been has been enchanting children and adults since 1950. Thank you Executive Director C.J. Hirschfield and Art and Restoration Director Shannon Taylor for welcoming our sketching and keeping Fairyland so charming.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Fairyland in Oakland -- After Hours

The Jolly Trolley waits patiently in the train garage for the next day's event.
Two soldiers stand guard.  -- Vivian Aldridge

Meantime, 'the old woman in the shoe' went shopping (I think.) 
No one was home when I knocked on the door

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Japanese Peace Lantern Ceremony at Aquatic Park Lake

Took BART and rode my bicycle to this event with my stool strapped to
my back 
and some sketching tools. The event was well attended!  Most people
 arrived around 8:30 PM so I am so glad I went early to get a good viewing spot. 
Lovely to see people designing the lanterns, listening to the Taiko drums, and
 watching the final send off of the lanterns over the 
water. -- Vivian Aldridge

Friday, July 28, 2017

3 August Public Night at Fieldwork from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

I'm looking forward to returning to Fieldwork Brewing located at 1160 6th Street in Berkeley. There are brewing vats (see my sketch above) and lots of people socializing, dining, playing board games and enjoying the brews.  We will have two tables reserved for us. Hope you can join us!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tall Buildings In A Single Bound

I have been in San Francisco three times in the past week. It gave me lots of opportunity to practice sketching architecture. I will need the warm up when I get to Chicago for the Urban Sketchers Symposium! — Cathy McAuliffe

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jessie Street - Downtown San Francisco

Jessie Street is a very quiet street in San Francisco that is
actually an alley that parallels Mission Street at 2nd Street.
The short grey building shown is this sketch is an  indoor
"open space" area for the public to enjoy 9-5 on 
weekdays. -- Vivian Aldridge


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Goat Rock Beach

Headed out to Goat Rock Beach to avoid the Sonoma County heat wave. Yesterday it was 112° in Cloverdale and more heat is on the way. The beach was cool and very windy. A nice change. But I had to seek shelter behind some rocks to avoid the gusts from blowing my sketching supplies all over the beach.