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Smith: Ken, the kids & their art on 'Today'

A national NBC-TV crew shot the scene Monday as Santa Rosa artist Ken Rossi, who's blind and scoots about in a wheelchair, showed 32 fourth-graders at the Sonoma County Museum how he creates his dramatic and colorful pictures.

"Is it hard to draw when you can't see?" asked a girl from teacher Hilary Sowers' class at Windsor's Brooks School.

Ken replied: "It's harder because you have to concentrate more."

However, he added, as a piece is coming together, a blind artist isn't bothered by an "internal judge," so the process flows more naturally.

The students then had a chance to try drawing with oil pastels, too. With their eyes closed.

The story is scheduled to appear on The Today Show at 6 a.m. Saturday.

GOING, GOING, GOMES: Did you weep when son-of-Petaluma Jonny Gomes did what he did in Sunday's World Series game?

Viewers had just been told that Gomes, to that point hitless in the Series, wears "707" on his glove and cleats to honor his hometown.

With the score 1-1 in the top of the sixth and two Boston runners on base, Gomes swung and swatted the ball over Busch Stadium's left-field fence. His Red Sox went on to win 4-2.


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