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Winter Sketching Hike in Locke (an annual hike)


Come along on a Winter Sketching Hike in and near Locke, Ca. This will be joined by a few artists from two other meetup groups, the Sacramento Plein Air Painters and the Sacramento Sketchers.

We'll pause for a few minutes to do quick color sketching at two spots along our way.

A hidden pond reveals itself only in winter when the trees are bare.

Climbing trees is optional.

Sleeping in trees, however, will be forbidden.

(Our lovely and agile model, above, is my 18 year old daughter, Mary Sand. Photo taken in 2012.)

Hike starts at 10 a.m. Meet in Locke in front of Al the Wops on Main Street. Don't be late!

This is a mostly level 1.5 mile hike. There is one 20' long somewhat steep narrow path up a levee hill and some optional off-path prickly narrow paths.  This will be guided with a quick watercolor demo-lesson or two along the way for anyone who wants a little jump start.

Pencils, card stock and watercolors will be provided, or you may bring your own.

Approximately 90 minute hike includes two fifteen-minute stops to make small sketches along the way. Our tour winds up back on Main Street in Locke for one final optional sketch.

Group pic along the hike or at the end of it.

Your well-behaved, very obedient dog on a leash is okay to bring along.  Happy children welcome to participate as well.

(Any small donation you might wish to contribute for art supplies will be much appreciated.)

Rain or high winds will postpone this event to a future date to be determined. Meanwhile, think sunshine!

Please email me with any questions or post them here in comments.


Martha Esch


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun, relaxing, informative event!!

    2 · January 4, 2014

  • Abbie

    Thank you so much Martha! I invited a friend and we had a wonderful time exploring on the hike, in town and painting. Your little packs were so cute and well prepared. What an effort to prepare for us. Thank you for sharing!

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Tara

    Sounds like a good way to start the New Year.

    January 4, 2014

  • martha e.

    We are going to have so much fun! And the weather is predicted to be beautiful.

    January 3, 2014

  • Cynthia

    This looks very nice but I may not be able to make it.

    December 31, 2013

    • martha e.

      hi Cynthia,Well, we'll keep our fingers crossed for you. If it comes down to it that you can't make it, please change your RSVP to a no.

      December 31, 2013

  • Mary Van H.

    Do you have to be an artist to do this? I've only taken 1 pencil sketching class, VERY MUCH a BEGINNER.

    December 15, 2013

    • martha e.

      We love beginners! No skills necessary - it's just for fun!

      December 15, 2013

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