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I headed to Sausalito last week to check out locations for a workshop I teach this weekend. Getting there from San Jose means starting out super early to avoid the morning commute traffic, traversing San Francisco, and then crossing the Golden … Continue reading

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Albany and Berkeley

Albany Bowl in Berkeley. Such a bright blue, it made the sky pale in comparison. And the Art Deco Cerrito Theater, also in Albany. A quick sketch of a couple of cops, on a burrito break.  And a change of … 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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Too little sketching

Too little sketching this past week. How did that happen? Most of these are done today. Got to remember: sketch everyday. or atleast almost everyday. Palo Alto airport on a very grey day. Lots of planes, many with ‘For Sale” signs. … Continue reading

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