Color Diary
Began as Quarantine Diary

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Video Interview
on this series


Installed at Kingston Gallery in the exhibition
Drawn Together
August 2022

The digital frame in the center displayed the current number of works to date: 868.

This calendar is a discipline
of practicing my art, specifically color, daily.

The image below is
March 17, 2020

I celebrated my 70th birthday
with family and friends and it became the last time to be together as the isolation began due to the COVID-19 virus. This inspired me to begin this series Quarantine Diary. By posting daily on Instagram, I felt I was connecting beyond my studio.

I was influenced by
Roy Lichtenstein's
Perfect / Imperfect series,

Imperfect Painting 1988

Each month I design a new image on graph paper.
I trace the design with a felt marker and color the shapes.

May 2020

My color choices are based upon news, weather, mood, observations, and memory.

The process evokes coloring as a child, the mediium reminds me of stained glass church windows, and the repetition is comforting.

The artist On Kawara died in June 2014 at the age of 81,or at the age of 29,771 days. Starting in 1966, he created nearly three thousand “Date Paintings”.
As Peter Schjeldahl states: “Kawara’s art evokes a cosmic perspective,
by which his own life and,
by extension, the lives of us all register as a negligible spark in time.”

Diary works are permanent marker and colored pencil on archival polyester film.
4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

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January 1, 2024
The start of the new year begins the 47th month
of this diary. It is number 1385.


January 27, 2024
This diary began to record the pandemic, but the daily discipline and challenge to vary the same design for a month still keeps me engaged.


September 11, 2023 - Never forget.
Note the four years with different designs.


September 11, 2022 - Never forget.
My third year in recognition.

September 11, 2021 - Never forget.
My second year in recognition.


September 11, 2020 - Never forget.
My first year to recognize the day.

August 1, 2022
Cape Cod: 41,790 cases; 621 deaths
Massachusetts: 1,970,000 cases; 21,176 deaths
United States: 9,100,000 cases; 1,030,000 deaths
Worldwide: 5,750,000 cases; 6,400,000 deaths

April 3, 2022
4 million refugees have fled Ukraine.



March 27, 2022
Omicron’s subvariant BA.2 is leading to a
new wave of COVID-19 infections.

May 15, 2022
Fly the United States Flag at Half-Staff through Sunset on Monday, May 16, 2022 to remember
the 1,000,000 Americans lost to COVID-19.

November 3, 2020
Election Day.

January 6, 2021
Trump mob invades the U.S. Capitol.

June 25, 2022
The Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade.

July 1, 2022
Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in as the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court.

May 25, 2020
George Floyd is killed during an arrest
in Minneapolis.

April 21, 2021
Jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty on all
three counts in the murder
of George Floyd.

March 14, 2021
I am grateful to be fully vaccinated.


June 21, 2020
The first day of summer.
A day at the beach. I am fortunate to live on
Cape Cod during this unprecedented time.