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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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Tinted paper, Accordion Folds

I bought a large roll of tinted paper for my weekly figure study session, and I folded some of it into little accordion-folded sheets to carry around in my sketchbook. This was the first one I used last week. Today, I … 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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What I drew this week

Not very much. And a little bit of everything. One quick , almost abstract watercolor sketch on a hike in the hills around San Jose. One vintage sign for Cambrian Park Plaza which was built in the 1950s. And two donuts … Continue reading

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Sunday morning piano practice

I’d NEVER be able to play if someone stood over me like that! Kavya, Sunday morning piano practice. And this is Nishant practicing his piece. His feet are going to dangle like that for only a short while more.

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More from the Farmers’ Market

This might just turn into a summer of sketching the Farmers’ Market every Sunday. Here are this week’s sketches. Usually I choose what to focus on: is it the produce that’s the focus of the sketch? Or is it the … Continue reading

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Summer is… Fruit from the Farmers’ Market

We’re lucky to have year-round farmers’ markets in California, but in the summer, the market REALLY comes alive. It’s summer fruit that I really enjoy painting: the peaches and nectaries, strawberries and melons, all in big, colorful, messy piles on tables across the … Continue reading

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