Quiet Time

Morning sun hangs low in the sky.

Window view.

Thanksgiving Day the park is almost empty. Almost.

Couple in the park.

 

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Simple

Learning to make simple statements from busy scenes, about 20 minutes each.

shrubs lining creek bank in Dimond Park

driveway, residential neighborhood

shadows cast over log benches

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The Economy

More and more tent camps visible around the city.

Homeless tents along an empty street next to freeway overpass.

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Playgrounds

Playgrounds close up

swings and stroller

Do Not Climb

and in the distance.

at picnic tables

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Progress

At a freeway offramp, a man asking for spare change flags himself with balloons.

spare change at freeway offramp

The local library branch was recently remodeled. It has self-checkout with OCR readers, laptops to lend for in-library use, and I just noticed usb outlets in the chairs and side tables.

usb chairs

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Library

This started as a sketch of two old men sitting on a bench in front of the library on an overcast day. Two police SUVs pulled up in front of the library, blocking my view, and when they left a minute later, the two men were gone. I don’t know exactly what happened.

library

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Basketball Court

The basketball court in the park is actually a single hoop in an open area near the swimming pool, flanked by grassy hills, lawns and picnic benches.

basketball court

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Jogger

jogger

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The Afterlife of Trees

The big oak is not the first tree in Dimond Park that has had to be cut down. A giant stump next to the utility building memorializes another old oak.

memorial oak

The peeling sign reads “Please respect this educational display of the remains of Oakland’s oldest tree, the Dimond Oak, removed November 22-23, 2005 due to disease.”

Close by, giant log sections in a grassy garden plot camouflage a drain.

camouflage logs

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Tents and Trees

I drew this scene once before, the Here There sign sculpture on the Berkeley Oakland border. At that time it was just big letters on a lawn facing a busy intersection. Now a homeless camp sits among the letters.

camp at Here There

 

Meanwhile, back in Dimond Park, the doomed oak has been pruned of its heavy branches. Only the skeleton trunk is left now.

skeleton oak

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