It’s that time of the year again. Time to go back to Petroglyph in Willow Glen. The kids look forward to going back every year to paint a new piece of pottery that they bring home just in time for Christmas. What gets them every time is how shiny and bright their pieces look after they’ve been fired. They paint. I sketch. The studio is usually super-busy at this time of the year.
Above, before I added color. Below, after.
One more sketch from the paint session. These are both done without much thinking and planning and in little fits and starts between helping my kids with their pieces. Below are my kids in the foreground and a couple dressed for the holidays at the table behind them.
One more holiday-ish sketch. Finger painting. From a very chaotic White Elephant party.
I’m currently using (and loving) the Stillman and Birn softcover books. These are the Beta (blue cover, white paper) and the Delta ( green cover, cream paper) both of which have a nice heavy paper. The best prices I’ve found are at Blick. At 8×10 inches the size is big enough for my loose line and the softcovers mean I carry around a little less weight in my bag (and they’re easier on my wrists when I stand and sketch).
As the year draws to a close, I continue to sketch vintage signs around my city. Last week I did a post about Mel Cotton’s, yet another store that is shutting down for good.
And right by it is an old flowers shop from the 1920, Hill’s Flowers. Finding and sketching signs around the city is the fun and easy part. Finding the stories and history behind them, not so simple. So if you know of a longtime resident of San Jose, someone who might know more about the historic businesses in the city, point them in the direction of Vintage Signs of San Jose, I’d love to hear from them.