Category Archives: california

The calm after the storm.

Right now feels like the calm after the storm. Or maybe just before the next one. Sketching at home after a big trip is always hard. Looking for the interesting in the everyday means getting back into the practice of … Continue reading

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Summer Lemonade Stand ( and the photo versus sketch debate)

My kids and their friends built a lemonade stand a couple of days ago. It was great fun (for them and their parents): Making sugary lemonade from backyard lemons, poster making, setting up a stand, and very enthusiastic shouts to … Continue reading

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Swim season comes to an end

No, the summer’s not over, but swim-meet season just ended this weekend with one final big meet. I blogged some of my swim sketches from the start of the season here.  Here are more sketches from the end of the season. … Continue reading

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Pass the Journal

Pass the Journal is an art project organized by Strathmore. Artists from all over the globe fill a spread of one of 12 journals and then pass it along to another artist of their choice. My friend Nina sent the journal along to me. … Continue reading

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Summer is here!

It’s summer vacation when my flickr stream of sketches starts to look like this. Long, lazy afternoons of reading. Lots of people sketches, done at our community pool while the kids swim. And. (expect to see a lot of these … Continue reading

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Two-ink sketching in Yosemite National Park

I’m enjoying playing with a two-toned approach to my linework: For the most part, I do a very loose line drawing with brown ink first, just enough to let me see where my big shapes are. Then it’s watercolor time. Last … Continue reading

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Gold Rush Day 2015

It’s Gold Rush Day today for the 4th graders at Los Alamitos Elementary School in San Jose, California. What an amazing way to make history come alive for the kids. I’m just back from a morning of  sketching. Here are … Continue reading

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