San Francisco Sketchbook: July 2006

The summer before I moved to New York, I spent time with my family in San Francisco. I brought my sketchbook with me wherever I went. Some of my favorite drawings are of my mother's horses. My mother has been riding horses for over twenty years. Every weekend she drives an hour to the farm where she rides and feeds them. I don't get to go riding very often, but when I do, I always draw the horses after we finish a long ride. I love sketching their muscular haunches, their powerful legs and the curve of their elegant backs.


Horses 1
Ink on Paper, 7.5" x 5.5"
July 2006


Horses 2 (Little Joe and Diamond)
Ink on Paper, 3.5" x 5.5"
July 2006


Horses 3 (Logan, Amanda and Diamond)
Ink on Paper, 3.5" x 5.5"
July 2006

I also sketched my grandmother's studio. My grandmother, Katherine Kilgore, was a weaver and a painter. Although she passed away when I was only ten, I think of her often as paint and draw.

Memomma's Studio
Ink on Paper, 7.5" x 5.5"
July 2006

Later that summer, I went to the zoo with my dad and brothers. It was a lot of fun! My brothers and I have been to the zoo hundreds (maybe thousands) of times but it never gets old. Especially if you bring your sketchbook.

Baby Giraffe, Guenter's Dik Dik, Ostrich and Gorilla
Ink on Paper, 7.5" x 5.5"
July 2006

Feeding Hour!
Ink on Paper, 7.5" x 5.5"
July 2006


Albino Kangaroo, Polar Bear, Aggressive Cassowary
Ink on Paper, 7.5" x 5.5"
July 2006


While my brother Joel and I were sitting in front of the Aggressive Cassowary, we met a kid named Nicholas. He was anything but shy and proceeded to name ten different sports he'd like to play. He also wanted me to spell words for him, such as "cat" and "brothers and sisters." And then he wandered away. A few days later I was drawing my in my brother's room when our cat Pugsly came in. Nicholas' spelling lesson was a perfect addition to my sketches that day.

Brothers and Sisters,Cat 
Ink on Paper, 7.5" x 5.5"
July 2006





Shomai Tomatou (at SFMOMA) 
 Ink on Paper, 7.5" x 5.5"
July 2006



David Park
Ink on Paper, 7.5" x 5.5"
July 2006

Comments

Chuck Schulz said…
Cutest story ever about the boy in the zoo. I hope you are enjoying the Big Apple. Your artistic talents amaze me. Love the horse sketches. They remind me of when I watch my little sis ride in Woodside.

Ciao bella
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Anonymous said…
Hello Ariel,
I knew your grandmother well, and this evening, missing her I googled her name and found her on your blog. How proud she would have been to see you blossom as an artist!
For about a year before she became ill, I used to drive to Sebastopol and weave with her. Her friend Natasha and I called her "Pauline" for "The Perils of Pauline". She was an artist and a mystical person--I learned so much from her. I remember how, after a few hours of weaving, we would sit and watch the chickens, in a state of blissful trance from the meditative process of weaving.
I still miss her and think of her often. She loved you so much and was so proud of you as a little girl. I wish she could see your talent develop.
All the best to you, dear!
Lisa Devenish
ivyriversky said…
Dear Ariel, it's an honor to find out about you. I have been trying to gather information about your grandmother. Earlier this month I was given a tapestry that I have admired since we got it in 1983. It is called Grace, and I believe it was your grandmother who wove it. Her artwork has been inspirational to me, and I can't imagine how lucky you are to have such strong, and positive influences. I only regret that it is so hard to get more information.
Anonymous said…
My name is Ariel Elizabeth Weaver, I didn't think that it would be a common name. Very strange.

Ariel W.
Anonymous said…
I am a member of a church in Omaha, Nebraska. Thousands of people get to enjoy a tapestry that your grandmother created for our church altar. It is truly amazing...you can truly see/feel God's presence in our church and your grandmother's gift of weaving gave us the gift of this beautiful work of art. I am working on our newest directory, and we will have an entire layout dedicated to the tapestry...and your grandmother is proudly named! She remains alive is so many ways, in so many hearts...with love to you dear...God's love and peace!

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