Doug's Partial Sketchbook

You may have seen the collaborative efforts listed below on the WriteDesign Gallery, but then again, maybe not.

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Ever since we went to Israel in 1999 and Melissa helped me rediscover sketching, I'm never bored. I carry my sketchbook everywhere. These are some of the many I wish to share. Enjoy, more will come as the well fills.
Hand Heart Chai

A wave of your hand can change the universe.

Tali Nadav (SDJA - 2004)


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Live all you can

it's a mistake not to.
It doesn't so much matter
what you do in particular,
so long as you have your life.
If you haven't had that
what have you had?

- Henry James

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Just keep swimming.
Just keep swimming.

Just keep swimming,



What do we do?
We swim.

Dory: [singing] - Finding Nemo - Disney/Pixar -

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Drawn while listening to Tangerine Dream's "Rubycon"

Free from the
repressive mechanism
of the
conscious mind.

Simon Golitho
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Sketch of
Forest Bed - 1998 - From the series Promised land
Robert ParkeHarrison seen at MoPA, San Diego
In all of the works, ParkeHarrison demonstrates an ability to distill and redress complex environmental problems and failed technological systems with resourcefulness and dark humor.

Art in America
- Jan 2003
Review by Diana Gaston
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Sketched at MoPA from
"Middle Calf, Piegan"
Edward S. Curtis's
(American, 1868-1952)
Albumen print

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.

All things are bound together.
All things connect.

Chief Seattle, 1855

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Treat the earth well:
it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.

Ancient Indian Proverb
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Let children walk with Nature,
let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.

John Muir



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Drawn while standing in the meadow across from El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley on my fifth SDJA sixth grade trip through the Yosemite Institute.

For information on the Yosemite Institute see:


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We see dirt,
but do we know its source?

Ashes to ashes,

dust to dust,

that which lived
supports new life.

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Now, after years of
observation and
enough courage to admit
what I have observed,
I try to plant peace
if I do not want discord;
to plant loyalty and honesty
if I want to avoid
betrayal and lies.

Maya Angelou  

Morris Estrin, my grandfather, in my parent's backyard looking at my grandmother, Ida, on their 50th wedding anniversary.

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Hate and force
cannot be in
just a part of the world
having an effect on
the rest of it.

Eleanor Roosevelt:

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When will our consciences
grow so tender that
we will act to prevent human misery
rather than avenge it?

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Elbert Hubbard
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To develop understanding,
you have to
practice looking
at all living things with the

eyes of compassion.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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War is the lowest form of communication...
it is an argument over property and power.

unknown, courtesy of JJ

"Bush is a moron." Hirsch, a tenth grade student, made this statement during a discussion on leadership, media spin, and image. As I told him, I may not care for "W", but unless you provide tangible, verifiable, evidence that Bush in fact has an IQ between 50-69, or his behavior resembles that of a person with limited mental capacity, your statement holds no validity. I find a similar comparison between Hirsch's statement and Bush's statements regarding "weapons of mass destruction" and "regime change".
If Bush is a moron, what does that make us?

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The real cost... 

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Sketch of the Edward Stuart Talbot's tomb in
Southwark Cathedral in London, the same cathedral where Shakespeare worshipped.


They wrote in the old days that it is
sweet and fitting to die for one's country.
But in modern war,
there is nothing sweet
nor fitting in your dying.

You will die like a dog for no good reason.

Ernest Hemingway




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

E. J. Phelps
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You must be the
you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi
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My calling is to have
love in my heart for
people different from me.

Reverend Diane Winley

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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