Category Archives: Silicon Valley

Dealin’ Dollar Dan

This is Dealin’ Dollar Dan. Having a prospector as your sign makes  sense when you’re called Gold Rush Motors. Still, I’m glad Service Rent-A-Car, which now stands on the lot, still has him standing, even though he’s peeling and threatening to fall apart. And … Continue reading

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Sam’s Downtown Feed & Pet Supply

Sam’s Downtown Feed & Pet Supply: Just the name takes you back to another era. And my sketches barely scratch the surface of this magical place. (I am going to have to go back and sketch the interior of this store soon.) … Continue reading

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Go There! San Jose Museum of Art

Haven’t been the the San Jose Museum of Art lately? Go now. So many reasons to go: Right now there’s a thought provoking and more than a little scary show called Covert Operations : Investigation the Known Unknowns (a term borrowed from a Donald Rumsfeld … Continue reading

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Mixing it up

I’ve been playing with mixing up my line, and working with multiple mark-making tools to create contrast. It’s fun to decide what to go with: Drawing moving people? Let’s go with the brush pen, it allows for loose, gestural line. … Continue reading

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Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines…

Ever happen to you? The day you have a bunch of deadlines looming is exactly the day you most want (need?) to sketch. That was today. My solution?: I worked at a corner table at my local Starbucks, and for every couple of hours of work, I took … Continue reading

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Sketching with friends

I usually sketch alone. But last week I had two short little sketch sessions with friends and I’m wondering why we don’t do this more often. There’s something wonderful in being able to chat about just sketching and supplies, sketchbooks and setup, … Continue reading

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This week in sketches

It’s getting cold even here in California, and my outdoor sketches are getting rarer. Last week, I ended up with just this one, from downtown Willow Glen, right by the old-fashioned La Villa Delicatessen. Lots of people strolling down the street, many … Continue reading

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