Category Archives: Close to home

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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Sheep Shearing

It was Sheep Shearing day at Hidden Villa Farms today. We’ve been excited about going to this ever since our last visit to the farm. Here are Vicki and Hope, two of the border collies who were herding the sheep. It’s … Continue reading

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Would you walk into this store?

Look at this really welcoming, friendly guy, wouldn’t you walk into a store if he towered above it? I guess ‘welcoming’ isn’t the point of the green gorilla. He certainly did make for an eye-catching ‘STORE CLOSING’ sign. I stopped and sketched … Continue reading

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Watertowers and Continental Cuisine

This is the Mariani Fruit Packing Company Water Tower in San Jose.  The Fruit Packing Plant has long since been torn down, and in its place is a huge housing complex called, what else, Mariana Square Townhomes. I hit a double … Continue reading

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Surprise Sketches are the Best

Sometimes the unplanned stuff is the best. Early at school to pickup my kids today (that almost NEVER happens) and what do I see? Our local middle school Chamber Orchestra playing under the redwood trees. I dug out a piece of taupe-colored, accordion-folded paper and … Continue reading

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Sketching wildflowers

Drawing outside my comfort zone today. I like to draw fast and loose. To capture an impression, often without much detail. So it was quite a challenge to walk around Guadalupe Oak Grove Park and draw some really tiny wildflowers that I wanted … Continue reading

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The morning the tree trimmers came

The tree trimmers arrived at 8am. They turned off the electricity and cut down a couple of large branches from the tree outside my home. That big white vehicle is a branch-muncher, it can grind up huge tree limbs in seconds.The blue … Continue reading

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