The very first thing I noticed when I entered the cafe was an amazingly crafted swan pastry. I bought one just to sketch it. Frances called referred to Roy as the "Cream Puff Monster" Roy called it "Puff the Magic Dragon's apprentice". It sat in the middle of the table I shared with 4 other sketchers and at least a couple of us drew it. It went home with another sketcher so we didn't eat it! I did still eat one of the bakery's wonderful European creations, less whipped cream, more fruit!
I next used my pocket sketchbook to draw one of the otter sculptures near the cafe. It started to rain, of course. So I positioned my drawing board at an angle over the book in order to keep sketching so I could at least finish the drawing. I do very much like otters so was happy to discover four such sculptures! I forgot to take note of the maker.
We shared sketches at the outside tables under an overhang, though it had stopped raining. The group photo has 22 people but there are at least a few missing.
More photos here: https://redharp.smugmug.com/SketchOutings/2017-0304-Dolce-Si-sketch-outing/
by Kate Buike