Category Archives: california

Montavlo Art Center

Does this ever happen to you: You live someplace for years, think you know the place you live in pretty well, then you end up somewhere, not far from home, just by chance, and you wonder: how could I NOT … Continue reading

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The end of soccer season, the start of barbecue season

The kids aren’t out of school yet, but it feels like summer already. Soccer season is over, and barbecue season is here. My son’s team was the Bombers. And what a fun bunch of kids and parents they are. Too … Continue reading

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A strange pairing: sketches from a garden and a salon

It helps when a weekend’s sketches hold together thematically. These don’t. Two from the salon, sketched while my daughter had her haircut. One from Filoli Gardens in Woodside. Lady getting her nails done. What I enjoyed most about this scene … Continue reading

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Hot Air Balloons and Vintage Cars

It takes a LOT to get my family excited about getting up early on the weekend and getting out of the house early in the morning. Today was one of those days. Every year, Wings of History Museum in San Martin, … Continue reading

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Art Vista 2013: Los Alamitos Elementary School

Every year, my kids school, Los Alamitos Elementary School, has an annual show of the art the kids create all year round. I get to be ‘visiting artist’ and set up a little table with my sketches and sketchbooks. My … Continue reading

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Sunny Day by the Ferry building

I was in San Francisco on a rare sort of day- sunny and warm enough for me to sketch outdoors. Here are a few sketches from my day. The bluest, clearest sky and Coit Tower. The tower is the recognizable … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol

Victorian Era costumes are so much fun to draw. Couple that with theater, and what’s to not like? So when my local Whole Foods store announced that  San Jose Youth Shakespeare was performing ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the store this weekend, … Continue reading

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More from the Farmers’ Market

I sketch the Farmers’ Market a LOT. because I’m there every Sunday. Because it’s close to home. But most of all because I just love the riot of colors and shapes of fruit and vegetables and throngs of people all … Continue reading

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Finger-painting, Ed Emberley-style

Don’t know how it happened, but last week I found myself without a paintbrush in my bag. Paints, pens, water, sketchbook: yes. paintbrush: No. Oops. I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to sketch, so fingerpainting it was. Here are … Continue reading

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A day in Santa Cruz

Saturday afternoon at the Arboretum in Santa Cruz. This is the succulents section. A medley of form and texture. I wish I’d chosen a clear focal point to set up this composition…. And this is the blue whale skeleton at … Continue reading

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