I am challenging myself to make the time to do something creative every day. I started this quest in 2012 by drawing a digital sketch every evening. I have now branched into mixed media and clay and my goal is to explore without judgement and to push my creative boundaries. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.

Clay

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Kiln Results, September 14th, 2016

Featherstone fired a glaze kiln (cone 5 oxidation) on Sunday, and they unloaded it on Wednesday. I had a handful of pieces in it, and it was great to see the results of the surface experiments I’ve been trying. I was so excited about the clayish dirt on my land. A pile of it was […]

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Kiln Results, August 31, 2016

Weeks of pieces came out of the glaze kiln at Featherstone Center for the Arts on August 31st. Looking at them, I had to step back and try to remember what techniques I was trying, and then process what, I feel, turned out and what didn’t. Many of the decorations are quick and easy because […]

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Sketching on Clay

This spring, I discovered the open studio hours at Featherstone Center for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard. Three days a week, their ceramic studio is open to the public for an hourly fee and the cost of materials.  It had been nearly 17 years since I worked in clay, and I decided to go and […]

Block Prints, Sketch Book Pages

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Afternoon walk, March 9. 2016

Quick pencil sketch of my parents walking in the late afternoon.

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Block print, February 27, 2016

I met friends to go dancing last night at a fundraiser for SailMV. A lovely young lady agreed to let me snap a photo of her with my phone to carve from. My carving does not do her justice, to say the least. This block print from several nights ago is my attempt at an […]

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Block Prints, February 24, 2016

I wanted a small tea kettle to use as an accent and on envelopes – so I carved a 2 x 2.5 inch one, with rather lumpy results. My second carving was inspired by a game of cribbage.

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Block Prints, February 23, 2016

This evening I carved two prints inspired by my mom, walking the dogs with me, and hanging out her laundry.

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Block Print, February 22, 2016

I wanted a fish to go on envelopes, and with the cat I’d carved.

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Block Print, February 21, 2016

I miss my granddaughter – this is inspired by her.

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Block Print, February 20, 2016

My sister’s cat, on her oriental carpet.

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Block Print, February 19, 2016

Block print of my parents’ dog, Charlotte.

Mixed Media

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Letter, week of October 18

Mixed media collage letter on deli paper. Painted over with acrylics, and drawn on with pen. Writing on the back.

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Letter, week of October 15

This week was more stressful than some, and it reflects in the letter I sent to Hannah. Playing with foam stamps and collaged paper made with mono prints pulled from a gelli plate. Then drawing on top of everything with posca pens

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Letter, week of October 10

Still playing with foam stamps that I am carving and mono printing. The writing on these letters is on the back.

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Letters, week of September 12

I’m continuing to work every night on mixed media and am then incorporating my experimentation in to letters. Here are some letters that I mailed the week of September 12 – 17. I was playing with foam and linoleum stamps that I carved, and paper collaged from mono prints that I pulled with a gelli […]

Daily Sketches / Digital Works

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Daily Sketch, June 6, 2015

Driftwood study.

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June 5, reworking Daily Sketch from June 3, 2015

I wasn’t satisfied with my self portrait from June 3. It was like a loose tooth that I had to keep wiggling. For tonight’s sketch, I decided to remove the hat and draw more into it.

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Daily Sketch, June 4, 2015

Study of glass bottles.

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Daily Sketch, June 3, 2015

  Self portrait with dogs and hat.

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Daily Sketch, June 2, 2015

  PROCESS I took photographs of some old bottles that I placed on our window sill. When I am drawing on the computer, my monitor is large enough that I can look at the photograph while I draw on the software canvas. I am drawing using an intuos tablet and pressure sensitive stylus. The software […]

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Daily Sketch, May 31, 2015

  Our weekend was jammed full of family visits and events. My dogs were not phased.

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Daily Sketch, May 28, 2015

Study from Claire’s kitchen.

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Daily Sketch, May 22, 2015

Study of a snail that crossed my path this morning.

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Brandy Brow Illustration

This is an illustration that the Vineyard Gazette asked me to do for their new “Streetwise” series, short columns that research the history of different neighborhoods on the island. The third article is about Brandy Brow in West Tisbury. I decided to focus on a visual reference to the location of Brandy Brow, as it […]

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Experimentation April 11, 2015

I participated in a creativity workshop today run by Fae Kontje-Gibbs. A good part of the time was spent free writing, but we did also do some drawing/painting towards the end trying to draw in the moment, from a visceral place, not thinking about representation at all, but rather marks on the paper. Tonight I […]

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Daily Sketch, March 16, 2015

I’m visiting my daughter and granddaughter for a week, which is why I’m not getting much drawing done. I had forgotten how exhausting toddlers can be, no matter how delightful.

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Daily Sketch, February 23, 105

Playing with patterns and repetition.

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Dodger’s Hole illustration

This is an illustration that the Vineyard Gazette asked me to do for their new “Streetwise” series, short columns that research the history of different neighborhoods on the island. The second article is about Dodger’s Hole and mentioned spring peepers and snapping turtles. I worked on it instead of my daily sketch, and incorporated earlier […]

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Daily Sketch, February 20, 2015

I’m working on an illustration that needs pinkletinks in it. Here are some studies for it. Nice to think ahead of the spring peepers on such a cold and snow bound night.

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Daily Sketch, February 18, 2015

I came down with a 24 hour stomach flu Monday night which laid me low for closer to 36 hours. Slept through last night’s drawing time.

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Daily Sketch, February 16, 2015

I visited my daughter in Quincy, MA this weekend, and they had almost two more feet of snow fall Saturday night. Walking Sunday late afternoon, I was struck by the beauty of the light hitting the houses contrasting against the shadows on the snow drifts.

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Daily Sketch, February 13, 2015

I wanted to make a valentine for my husband. I started with an image of hands, envisioning corny phrases like, “I give you my heart” or “you hold my heart”, thinking I’d work a heart into the image, but I ended up with a frog, which probably does not give the right message. Now it […]

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Daily Sketch, February 12, 2015

A very quick drawing tonight.. With all of the snow, my dogs need to be walked where it has been plowed, which means leash walking. We go round and round and round our neighborhood. This is often my view.

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Daily Sketch, February 8, 2015

Yesterday, I treated myself to an all day workshop on collage taught by Alexandra Sheldon at her studio in Cambridge, MA. http://alexandrasheldon.com/index.php?page=bio&display=311 It was a very fun class and taught me some basic techniques used in making a collage. After transferring and painting on papers to use in our collages, she had us work on […]

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Daily Sketch, January 28, 2015

Just as I was finishing shoveling the end of our driveway, the setting sun slanted across my neighbor’s yard.

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Daily Sketch, December 31, 2014

I walked the dogs on the beach just after sunrise this morning. The early sun slanted across the sand, warming the colors despite the cold temperature.

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Daily Sketch, December 20, 2014

I met this personable puppy while Christmas shopping at the Green Room, a store in Vineyard Haven, MA. She belongs to the owners, and was roaming about the store.

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Daily Sketch, December 19, 2014

Awaiting the homecoming of family and friends for the holidays.

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“Chicken Alley” illustration

This is an illustration that the Vineyard Gazette asked me to do for their new “Streetwise” series, short columns that research the history of different neighborhoods on the island. The first column is about “Chicken Alley” and should be in tomorrow’s paper. I worked on this drawing over a handful of days and incorporated Saturday’s daily sketch of the pigs into it.

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Daily Sketch, December 17, 2014

Quick(er) drawing tonight because I’m tired. I drove our daughter to meet an early boat this morning, in the rain, just as the sun was starting to rise.

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Daily Sketch, December 10, 2014

Had my morning coffee in a Washington Ledesma mug.

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Daily Sketch, December 9, 2014

Northeaster seen from my car.

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Daily Sketch, November 16, 2014

Early morning walk by the cranberry bog in Mattapoisett.

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Daily Sketch, November 10, 2014

This is one of my four footed nephews, Socks. I admire him every time I visit my sister’s home.

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Daily Sketch, November 3 and 4, 2014

Started with a straight up study, and then decided to play.

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Daily Sketch, October 27, 2014

I was so sad to break the white mug that my son made in ceramic class.

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Daily Sketch, October 24, 2014

It was a good day for a lap dog.

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Daily Sketch, October 14, 2014

A quick sketch tonight because my puppy is not feeling well.

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Daily Sketch, October 13, 2014

The rain stopped as the sun set, burnishing the clouds with yellow and pink.

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Daily Sketch, October 11, 2014

Listening to Milo Silva play the morin khuur at the A Gallery.

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Daily Sketch, October 10, 2014

Early evening walk on Sengekontacket pond.

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Daily Sketch, October 9, 2014

My office is upstairs. The coffee pot is downstairs. Every time I make the trip, someone waits at the top of the stairs for my return.

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Daily Sketch, October 7, 2014

A bunch of Kale picked in the morning to saute with breakfast eggs.

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Daily Sketch, October 5, 2014

moon rise behind the trees

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Daily Sketch, October 4, 2014

I took the dogs for a walk in the woods mid-day and was struck by the colors. The trees have barely started turning, but the ground cover is shades of autumn.

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Daily Sketch, October 2, 2014

Having a very busy day and unable to start my sketch until 11:00pm, I stuck with a quick draw and a model close at hand. Thus, we have another drawing of my puppy.

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Daily Sketch, October 1, 2014

The last of the sunflowers. The wind and rain buffeted the house as I drew. It definitely influenced the direction I took with this drawing.

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Daily Sketch, September 25, 2014

Casualty of the east wind and tide.

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Daily Sketch, September 23, 2014

The last tomatoes from my husband’s garden.

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Daily Sketch, September 20, 2014

Very quick sketch tonight of the last remaining flowers from the earlier arrangement.

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Daily Sketch, September 19, 2014

Claire’s flowers.

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Daily Sketch, September 18, 2014

The spider that lives in our bathroom.

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Daily Sketch, September 10, 2014

There were raspberries ripening on the vine today.

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Daily Sketch, September 8 and 9, 2014

Went walking up in Chilmark this evening with my dad and sister (and dogs). Millie befriended the sheep at the Silva Farm.

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Daily Sketch, September 7, 2014

My absolute favorite pan. I use this cast iron skillet every day.

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Daily Sketch, September 3, 2014

Tuukka is now 16 months old and still has opinions about walking on the leash.

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Daily Sketch, December 29, 2013

My granddaughter, Gabriella Grace. Born November 15th, 2013.

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Daily Sketch, September 9, 2013

I have a new puppy named Tuukka, who doesn’t always see the point of walking. Rosco and I have to be very very patient.

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Daily Sketch, June 2-3, 2013

View of my mom’s garden.  

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Daily Sketch, June 1, 2013

Study of water iris at my parent’s farm.

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The Month of May to Illustrate

My imagination has been brewing an idea for a children’s book. I realized that I don’t have time to do both a daily sketch and to work on illustrations for my book in the few evening hours that I have to draw. I have decided to take the month of May to draw every night, […]

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Daily Sketch, April 26, 2013

Late afternoon walk in the State Forest.

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Daily Sketch, April 25, 2013

Spring skunk cabbage in the Chilmark Woods

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Daily Sketch, April 18, 2013

I couldn’t resist one more sketch of a squirrel, when I saw they’d figured out how to jump on to the bird feeder this morning. What acrobatics.

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Daily Sketch, April 17, 2013

Plump squirrel, under my bird feeder.

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Daily Sketch, April 15, 2013

Gordon, trying his hand at the potter’s wheel.

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Daily Sketch, April 7, 2013

A windy walk on the beach today, with  my sister.

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Daily Sketch, April 6, 2013

I went up to Chilmark, hoping to catch some signs of spring. Although I did see some clumps of daffodils, their blossoms pointing to the ground, not the sky, with a rather defeated air, what caught my eye was the stream meandering by the field, with the tree overhanging.

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Daily Sketch, March 31, 2013

  Easter morning. Quahogging.

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Daily Sketch, March 30, 2013

Saturday morning, dropped off the recycling at the dump before heading to the dog park.

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Daily Sketch, March 29, 2013

Waiting for the boat.

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Daily Sketch, March 28, 2013

So happy to find a single daffodil in bloom on our morning walk today. Spring is just around the corner.

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Daily Sketch, March 25, 2013

Young Photographer, Eli Dagostino, came by my home this afternoon to photograph me for his 365 project. Here is the photo that he took of me. (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=514871285216433&set=a.473807112656184.99645.261174910586073&type=1&theaterhttp://) I shot some quick snaps of him to draw from for today’s sketch.

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Daily Sketch, March 24, 2013

My friend, Kira, with her dog, Rosie, and twins.

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Daily Sketch, March 22, 2013

Who would have thought that on March 22 we would awake to a blanket of snow on everything. The morning light was beautiful.

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Daily Sketch, March 19, 2013

These ducks crossed my path this evening while driving my son to soccer practice.

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Daily Sketch, March 14, 2013

Flowers in my sister’s kitchen.

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Daily Sketch, March 13, 2013

Sketch inspired by a photo I took of my daughter, Hannah, when she was modelling at the Martha’s Vineyard Fashion Week last fall.

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Daily Sketch, March 9, 2013

Waiting for the Ferry to dock and unload. This boat carried the MVRHS boys varsity basketball team home from winning the division championship – as well as a boat load of fans.

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Daily Sketch, February 26, 2013

My “kitchen bouquet”. This gives me as much pleasure as an arrangement of flowers would.

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Daily Sketch, February 25, 2013

A light snow on Nashawena Park in Oak Bluffs.

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Daily Sketch, February 22, 2013

Waban Park, Oak Bluffs. Late afternoon February light.

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Daily Sketch, February 20, 2013

Self portrait, walking with my dog.

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Daily Sketch, February 19, 2013

The goats, Hillary and Hannah, from Pilot Hill Farm on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Daily Sketch, February 18, 2013

A winter’s day at Pilot Hill Farm on Martha’s Vineyard. The chicken house roof is being repaired in anticipation of a shipment of new chicks.

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Daily Sketch, February 12, 2013

Kneading bread dough.

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Daily Sketch, February 5, 2013

A visit to Reliable Market to pick up some last minute ingredients for dinner.

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Daily Sketch, February 2, 2012

Crowded dance floor, soulful band.

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Daily Sketch, January 30, 2013

My dog, Rosco, and I startled this pair of Mallards on our mid day walk. We walked the beach as the day was actually mild ( low 50s), and even though the breeze was pronounced, it wasn’t bitter.  

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Daily Sketch, January 29, 2012

My husband’s brushes and palette. His paintings can be seen on his website, http://agmoore.com.

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Daily Sketch, January 27, 2013

My husband’s brushes. His paintings can be seen at: http://agmoore.com

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Daily Sketch, January 24, 2013

As the sun dipped below the tree line in the west, it illuminated the very tops of the trees I was walking beneath.

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Daily Sketch, January 23, 2013

Walking along the beach as the sun went down on a frigid day and the moon rose in the East,  the cold wind slapping our cheeks and snow crunching underfoot.

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Daily Sketch, January 21st, 2013

Late afternoon at Tradewinds as the snow starts to flurry.

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Daily Sketch, January 19, 2013

My dog and I startled these geese as we walked on the golf course this morning. We actually startled them more than once, causing them to change location, and on this flight they were abandoning ground all together and heading towards Sengekontacket Pond.

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Daily Sketch, January 16, 2013

Early morning walk in a light rain at Tradewinds.

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Daily Sketch, January 15, 2013

Foggy January afternoon, walking along Seaview Ave in Oak Bluffs.

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Daily Sketch, January 14, 2013

Portrait of Bonnie #3 at Bittersweet Farm.

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Daily Sketch, January 13, 2012

Portrait of Bonnie #2

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Daily Sketch, January 12, 2013

Portrait of Bonnie #1

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Daily Sketch, January 7, 2012

Portrait of Pearl, who lives with my friend, Lorraine Parish. http://lorraineparishclothing.com

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Daily Sketch, January 3, 2012

When I walk on wooded trails, I often find myself looking down for long stretches, to see where to place my feet. It is like standing on a bridge, watching a brook flow underneath – the ground passing beneath me.

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Daily Sketch, January 1, 2013

Self portrait with Rosco, my miniature schnauzer and walking companion.

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Daily Sketch, December 30, 2012

A young tree, exposed by erosion, vulnerable and tenacious, on the bank of Sengekontacket Pond.

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Daily Sketch, December 29, 2012

A light snow highlights our path through the wood.

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Daily Sketch, December 26, 2012

Walking the dog at dusk, buffeted by wind, the power lines humming with it. The ocean on my left and Farm Pond on the right.

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Daily Sketch, December 24, 2012

  and the cat settled underneath the Christmas tree, amidst all of the presents.

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Daily Sketch, December 23, 2012

Post Office Square in Oak Bluffs with Christmas lights.

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Daily Sketch, December 21 and 22, 2012

Started this sketch on the 21st and finished on the 22nd – in between baking nearly 200 gingerbread men!

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Daily Sketch, December 19, 2012

This hat caught my eye when I was visiting the shop of my friend, Lorraine Parish (http://lorraineparishclothing.com), to try on one of her jackets.

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Daily Sketch, December 18, 2012

My son loves his hot coco. He called me down to the kitchen after preparing this cup and insisted that take a photo of it so that I could draw it later.

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Daily Sketch, December 16, 2012

Rosco, my miniature schnauzer, is my best model, and when nothing else in the day sparks my interest for a sketch, he is always willing.

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Daily Sketch, December 13, 2012

Chilmark, December woods.

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Daily Sketch, December 11, 2012

Our dog, Rosco, is most attentive in the kitchen, hoping for samples of what we’ve put on the table.

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Daily Sketch, December 10, 2012

Study of a hand and the potential and mystery of leaving one space for another.

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Daily Sketch, December 9, 2012

A trip to the barber shop to get ready for the holidays…

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Daily Sketch, December 8, 2012

Daily sketch inspired by the Minnesinger’s Christmas concert at the Old Whaling Church this afternoon.

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Daily Sketch, December 7, 2012

I startled the geese around the gazebo in Ocean Park.

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Daily Sketch, December 6, 2012

The tranquility of a pair of Mallards.

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Daily Sketch, December 5, 2012

I was looking through photographs that I’d taken from years ago, and I found one where everyone else was engaged in talk, flipping burgers on the grill, turned away from the camera, but my niece was posing, staring at me, an energetic focus in a mediocre photo, and I decided that I had to draw […]

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Daily Sketch, December 4, 2012

A young girl, all dressed up, and a cat, and a winter landscape.

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Daily Sketch, December 3, 2012

Lovely late afternoon walk along Sengekontacket pond.

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Daily Sketch, December 2, 2012

The afternoon light lit the swans as the geese migrated overhead.

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Daily Sketch, December 1, 2012

The last few leaves glowing against the dusk.

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Daily Sketch, November 30, 2012

Today I wanted to draw something sparked by my imagination, not just a quotidian view from my day.

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Daily Sketch, November 29, 2012

Still plagued by a head/chest cold, today I indulged in “citron chaud”, fresh squeezed lemon juice, honey and boiling water.

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Daily Sketch, November 28, 2012

I am fighting a cold, so made onion soup today. I have heard that onions are a wonderful remedy for colds, and the soup was delicious.

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Daily Sketch, November 27, 2012

I witnessed a very tranquil sun rise this morning walking the dog, no wind, the ocean very calm.

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Daily Sketch, November 26, 2012

The moon was just rising as I walked the dog in the late afternoon. I was struck by the contrast of the red pine needles under the trees and the blue blue sky.

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Daily Sketch, November 25, 2012

When visiting my friend, Frank, I met his cat. A wary tom cat with tremendous attitude.

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Daily Sketch, November 24, 2012

We drove to Aquinnah to admire the view and walk on the beach, and came across these stacks of stones left by another.

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Daily Sketch, November 23, 2012

Looking towards the late afternoon sun from the cliff overlook in Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard. The sky and sea were an endless expanse.

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Daily Sketch, November 21, 2012

In the middle of the day when I hear my dog raving, it is usually because the neighbor’s cat is taunting him from the other side of the glass doors. He barks until breathless, and then watches with great focus.

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Daily Sketch, November 20, 2012

A mid afternoon walk by Farm Pond with a November sky.

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Daily Sketch, November 19. 2012

The crows flew with great cacophony overhead and then settled the bare limbs of winter branches.

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Daily Sketch, November 18, 2012

Walking underneath a blustery sky, by ocean, harbor and cedar trees.

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Daily Sketch, November 17, 2012

On my way to a 7:30 performance at Dreamland, I was struck by the quiet beauty of the island Theater, now closed for the season, illuminated by the street lamp.

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Daily Sketch, November 16, 2012

Returning home on the 8:00 ferry, I observed a young girl with restless energy as she spun and pulled on the railing while waiting for the boat to dock.

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October 28.2012

Sketch done of a Haitian Child for a project with Homeopaths without borders.

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Daily Sketch, October 17

Illustration I am working on for Homeopaths Without Borders

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