Category Archives: Close to home

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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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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Milk Pail Market, Mountain View

I love this little market in Mountain View. It’s narrow aisles, it’s collection of fantastic cheeses (and generous samplers), the tables and boxes all overflowing with produce, the handlettered cardboard signs, and the people who come here and carefully select … Continue reading

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Drawing Art

I like the idea of making marks that capture the marks of an artist. Which makes sketching in a museum a lot of fun. Like everything else I sketch, I can’t JUST draw the artwork. I like capturing it in … 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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San Francisco in the summer

Want to catch a super foggy, windy day in the city? Chances are pretty high you will-especially if it’s summer. It’s noon, and 70 degrees, but the fog is relentless. We’re parked at Fort Point, just below the bridge when … Continue reading

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Summertime is… Farmers’ Markets

Here in San Jose, we’re lucky to have Farmers’ Markets all year round, but they’re extra-special in the summer. The fruit stands are a riot of color: peaches, plums, nectarines, little green sour plums. But you have to get there early … Continue reading

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Dappled light, Summer days

You know it’s summer when your yellow, gold and green paints run out before your Payne’s grey ( goodbye winter and spring!) Summer is lots of outdoor sketching, hikes and art shows. Sometimes I paint in the warm sunlight. And … Continue reading

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