Doug's Partial Sketchbook - Crayons

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The following drawings have evolved out of an exercise I do with my students, drawing to music. It started when I was teaching art at Coronado High School. The chair of the visual art department, Laura Hill, a phenomenal teacher and person, used crayons with her students. I hadn't used crayons since childhood and thought, what a juvenile medium for high school students. Years later, I had a desire to break away from small detailed [uptight] pen and ink drawings. Toward that end I started using crayons with my students when we would draw to music. I discovered that the waxie crayons have wonderful properties that evoke a loose style with unexpected surprises. I hope you enjoy these a quarter as much as I enjoy creating them.

circular sun-stars

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.

- Pablo Picasso




The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious.

- Lester Bangs


chagall at dog park


ode to chagall

Love, friendship set on fire

- David Viscott



Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.

- Simone Weil


colored glass


black-red herringbone

It is in the contrast of light and dark that design happens.

- Helen Van Wyk



Every exit is an entry somewhere else.

- Tom Stoppard


dark eye of the storm


box perspective chaos

And the trouble is,
if you don't risk anything
you risk even more.

- Erica Jong



If I know what love is,
it is because of you.

- Herman Hesse


blue bubbles of love



box perspective organized

Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.

- Elbert Hubbard



The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.

- E. J. Phelps


orange and green face



Bubbles and Edges

The first duty of love -- listen.

- Paul Tillich



If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.

- Khalil Gibran


Pink Bubbles of Love



bubbles of love

Think of all the bubbles of love we made and,

unlike the song, "Big Mistake" by Natalie Imbruglia,

think of all the bubbles of love we will make.

- Doug to Melissa with love



Our life is what
our thoughts make it.

- Marcus Aurelius





May the schwartz be with you!

- Spaceballs



...I don't want a pickle,
I just want to ride my motorcycle...

- Arlo Guthrie





sukkot fruit

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

- Abraham Joshua Heschel



Feelings are everywhere
be gentle.

- J. Masai

Do you love me


Priest Lake

To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.

- unknown


Nothing is so strong as gentleness.
Nothing is so gentle as real strength.

- Frances de Sales

Storm clouds


Boon Hotel

Drawn while sitting on the deck of our room at the Boon Hotel + Spa in Guerneville, California, just outside of Healdsburg, Calistoga, Sonoma, and Napa. A stones throw from the Russian River, the red woods, and some of the most beautiful country roads we've seen. This small hotel has a wonderful balance between simplicity and geniune hospitality.


99 dreams I have had.
In every one a red balloon.
It's all over and I'm standing pretty.
In this dust that was a city.
If I could find a souvenir.
Just to prove the world was here.
And here is a red balloon
I think of you and let it go.

- Nena - 99 Luftballoons (99 Red Balloons)


...the truly wise need not blame either themselves or others.

- Epictetus


There is only one journey.
Going inside yourself.

- Rainer Maria Rilke


The more I know you,
the more I love you.



Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

- Voltaire


The longest journey is the journey inward.

- Dag Hammarskjold



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

- James Melvin Washington


The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

- F D Roosevelt

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

- Pablo Picasso

yellow circle


To see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

- William Blake

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful then the risk it took to blossom.

- Anais Nin





Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

- John Steinbeck



To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living things with the eyes of compassion.

- Thich Nhat Hanh, thank you Therese An





The seed for your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece.

- Art & Fear -Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, David Bayles & Ted Orland



Spontaneity is an infinite number of rehearsed possibilities.

- Peter Drucker





Either I will find a way or I will make one.

- Sir Po Sidney

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