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Keepers of Memories, Stories and Lesson Plans

Sketch Journals as Keepers of Memories, Stories and Lesson Plans. Continue reading

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Plain white water tower

This plain white water tower  and smokestack on 5th street in San Jose once belonged to the American Can Company and stand as a quiet reminders of the agricultural past of Silicon Valley. Now this little forgotten pocket of San Jose is where … 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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Miller Red Barn

I saw an intriguing sign in Gilroy the other day. It said “Save Miller Red Barn” and listed this facebook page. Coincidentally, I’ve been working on a design project on the history of the City of Gilroy, so I know quite a … Continue reading

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More vintage signs in San Jose

To those of you that wrote in and told me about signs I must sketch in the South Bay, thank you! Here are a few recent sketches, most from your suggestions. Cambrian Park Plaza with it’s charming carousel. The Plaza … Continue reading

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A rare sight in Silicon Valley: Cornucopia Fruit Stand

If you visit Silicon Valley today, it’s hard to imagine, that not so long ago, this was fertile farmland where peaches, apricots, almonds and strawberries grew. Where schoolkids worked as pickers in orchards all summer long. In Los Gatos stands … Continue reading

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