Doug's Experiment

This series found its inspiration on a long long train ride to San Francisco and back with a group of ninth graders; Edna Myers, teacher, tour guide, and human extraordinaire; Melissa, just see her work and you'll get a vivid picture; and Sarah-Rose, Melissa's seven-year old daughter. While truly delighting in the scenery and sketching the watering system of the California Central Coast farm lands, Sarah-Rose said,

"You'll never see them the same way again"

and the concept to develop a series started. Having played with, but not going too far, I managed to create one piece for Sarah-Rose. Not wanting to give away the template, I made a black and white copy for posterity and taped it to my drawing board where it sat for several months.

And there it sat.

Over Summer break I got excited and bought bristol board, pastels, colored pencils and I ventured on to another piece. The beginning of the series...well...YES...the beginning of the series. I'll call it a second-generation prototype.

And there they sat.

Firmly believing in the fermentation process, another six months, give or take, and inspiration struck again.

The next day my schedule looked empty and I started to think about my guilt, and the two pieces taped to my drawing board. Knowing at some point fermentation stops and drinking from the well begins, I decided to revisit the series using the scanned image of the template and PhotoShop. The results lie before you. I hope you enjoy them.

The process continues and I suspect when time and mind permit the series will continue.

Special thanks to Sarah-Rose, and of course Melissa, Edna, and Jeff. Jeff, SDJA Principal, best friend, and reason for becoming a "teacher", has inspired many things and this simply gets added to the list.

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

We hear the word no... (a flash movie) - this particular piece represents the beginning of a series of flash collaborations with melissa.

Photos from Africa - recently scanned photographs from a 1976 camera safari in Africa.

Sketchbook - a well filled with daily insights and random thoughts

Sketchbook, The Beginning

Doug's Partial Portfolio - A few more facets.

Yosemite - 6th grade trip 2000 - drawing, photography, and poetry

Yosemite - 6th grade trip 1999 (There are three parts) - drawing, photography, and poetry

River of Words - 9th grade cross-curricular project

San Diego - Sha'ar HaNegev Teacher Exchange - a photo slide show, poetry, narratives, sketches, and links that reflect an artistic view of Melissa and my journey through Israel.

coincidence - excerpts from a conceptual multimedia arts show centering on 1919 expressionism

Doug's World - Some rants, comments, and links.

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