Doug's Partial Sketchbook, The Beginning

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The following reflect the beginning chronicles of my travels through life as I attempt to live, not simply exist.
Everything starts as
somebody's daydream.

Larry Niven

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drawn from a sculpture of
Jack London (1876-1916) at
Jack London Square in Oakland.

The inscription at the base of the sculpture reads:

I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze
than it should be stilled by dry rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me
in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The proper function of man is to live,
not to exist.

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.

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But the only way of discovering the
limits of the possible is to
venture a little way
past them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke

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Dream as if
you'll live forever.

Live as if
you'll die today.

James Dean

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If you were born
without wings,
do nothing to
prevent their growing.



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Life is

10% what happens

to you and

90% of how

you respond to it.

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Life resembles a circus,
we perform for the
benefit of others
we learn to
perform for the
sheer pleasure of the performance


Based loosely on
Calder's "Circus

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You can't
depend on your eyes
when your
imagination is
out of focus

Mark Twain

Composite of three sketches:
Prado Mask, Rosa, and Mrs. Milbank
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Follow your bliss.

Joseph Campbell

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9 23 00

Buddy goes home.
Lew goes in.
Fluid in the lungs.
Hard to breathe.
Machines whirling,

Olympic gold in the air.
Anxiety in Sydney.
Anxiety in San Diego.

Life ebbs and flows.

We take so much for granted.

How many times a day do we breathe?
We take so much for granted.

How many times a day does our heart beat?
We take so much for granted.

Every breath.

Every heartbeat.

As precious as Olympic gold.

Lew came home and both are doing fine.
We celebrated Lew's 91st birthday October 18, 2000.

On Thursday, January 23, 2003, at 11:25am, Lew died.

See a tribute to his life, his partner, and his legacy.

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we all deal with the inevitable differently.
these represent some of my choices.

21 january 2003, tuesday
dad goes to the er with chest pain
felt better, we talked that evening

little did we know

tomorrow he went to icu
signs of death
signs of life

23 january 2003, thursday
6:33am...let him go
11:41am dick called
11:30am, no, 11:25am

ended after 93+

thank you does not
express the gratitude
for all modeled, given, shared

love lives

tribute to lew

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Drawn from a photograph by
Miguel Gandert (American b. 1956)
La Guadalupana Del Alma, Tortugas, NM - 1996

There is a spiritual realm
that is available to
all who find its many entrances.

James Melvin Washington

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Not everything that counts
can be counted,
not everything that
can be counted counts.

Albert Einstein

Drawn from a photograph by
Roman Vishniac


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Though a living cannot be made at art, art makes life worth living. It makes living, living. It makes starving, living. It makes worry, it makes trouble, it makes a life that would be barren of everything -- living. It brings life to life.

John Sloan in Gist of Art, 1939


The Last Expression:
Art and Auschwitz

This program explores the roles, functions, meanings and making of art in the Nazi concentration camps of World War II, focusing on the notorious site of the killing center and concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Taken from The Last Expression:
Art and Auschwitz
presentation brochure -
Portrait of Albert Frecke, 1944-45
artist: unknown

A man's errors are
his portals of discovery.

James Joyce

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Spontaneity is an infinite number of rehearsed possibilities.

Peter Drucker

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from the poster, "Cabaret du Ciel" by
Adolphe Leon Willette
seen at the
California Palace of the Legion of Honor in
San Francisco
in the show
Toulouse-Lautrec and the Spirit of Montmartre:
Cabarets, Humor, and the Avant-Garde, 1875-1905.

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taken from a poster, "Aliyah, the rebirth of Israel"
by Salvador Dali while eating at the Sabra Grill, a glott kosher restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown

an adaptation of "Rosa", ca. 1907, by Albert Belleroche 


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taken from Jose Roy's poster, "La Lanterne de Bruant", ca. 1900

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modeled on a lithograph,
"Mrs. Milbank with a Plumed Hat", ca. 1905,
by Albert Belleroche, showing at the San Diego Museum of Art.

have I lost my head when all those around me
have kept theirs?

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drawn while listening to "Alice's Restaurant", by Arlo Guthrie

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inspired by tribal masks and a
coffee house "mud slinger"


excuse me...

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Balboa Park has plenty of
eyecandy to experience.
Tons of tiny ornate sculptures adorn the buildings and fountains. This found just off the Prado Restaurant back patio.

Drawing of the painting,
"Le garcon aux yeux bleus" (the blue-eyed boy) 1916, by Amedeo Modigliani on exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Contemplating my new world of
sketching at the
Bagdad Cafe in Tel Aviv.

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Marc Chagall from a photograph at an
exhibit in Berkley while on the 9th grade "California-by-Rail" trip.

Sketch of student in the audience while listening to Quincy Troupe at Nazerene College, Point Loma, CA.

Read three poems by
Quincy Troupe.

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Inspired by a College Board poster while conducting a WASC accreditation visit.

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Inspired by my love of trumpet flowers and a
sumptuous early evening outdoor dining experience at
Prego, in Mission Valley.

The start of a 60s retro-pattern series prompted by an Alexander Calder sculpture at the Museum of Art outdoor cafe, San Diego, and a photograph in the MOPA
(Museum of Photographic Arts
San Diego)

Shapes based on a show at the
San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park,
"Vital Forms 1940-1960,
American art and design in the atomic age".

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The flatirons jut up out of the
earth and mark the beginning of the
Rocky Mountains to the west of Boulder, Colorado.
I hiked, climbed, and photographed much of the area around Boulder while attending CU.

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sandollars in the sky...?


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This, and the series above, are a part of a new regimen: taking my sketchbook for a beach walk.

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Granada Treehouse Studio - a collaboration between Melissa and Doug to provide a virtual and real place to explore your passions - writing, reading, design, art

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