We drove north on I-5 from San Diego and as we left the LA area behind I began to sketch. Live sketching in the car while the scenery flies past is invigorating, especially as you descend along the Grapevine. You have to work rapidly, accept input from the bumps on the road and make adjustments to the composition as you go along.
All three of these sketches are pastel and gouache on black paper.
Almonds are the first Central Valley crop of the season. My pioneering class always marched in their parade. One year we marched with lawn mowers and yard equipment to advertise our domestic gardening program Yes, the students did the grounds, custodian crews, instructional aide assistants and cafeterria
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