I scheduled in a half hour of sketching in the Blue Dot Cafe in Alameda. Here’s what I saw through the window. Can you tell what the woman is doing from her body language? The name of this post is Practicing for Paris because I will be in Paris for a little over a week during winter break. One of the things I do a lot of when in Paris is sketch. It’s a great way to connect with people (especially kids). The browns and siennas seem to work well there. They seem to suit the place. I had complained about lack of pens in my last post, so on Veterans Day, I bought 18 pens at Blicks—blacks, browns and siennas. I still need more pens—a batch from the place across from Kinokinuya (sp?) Bookstore in Japantown–what a great place for pens–and a batch of rotrings (my favorites) which are only available online. Nice to see people and share memories at Clare’s memorial service today. Clare never called herself an artist, but she was a very creative soul, so this post is dedicated to Clare Morgano.