The Sketches


A sketch falls somewhere on the continuum between doodling and a fully realized piece. It’s singing in the shower with paper and pencil. It is a method of understanding and getting to know a subject. There are no rules and no specific tools. It’s representational stream of consciousness, haiku on the therapist’s couch.

Sketching is part of many artists’ processes, a part that isn’t always revealed to the public. We like to explore process in Arts & Ideas, and have decided to share the sketches of four artists (five, including Susie Pacheco) throughout the magazine.

–Kate Feiffer



Glenn Tunstull has taught drawing and painting for more than 15 years. His work has been published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, WWD, and the New York Times, with clients ranging from Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein to Hermès and Kenzo. Glenn’s spirited “drawing” with watercolor captures the nuances of daily life from his extensive traveling, whether it’s a church steeple in Paris, the Brazilian shoreline, a moored boat in a quiet harbor, or families gathered at the beach on Martha’s Vineyard. Tunstell’s work is on exhibit through Sept. 13 at the Cousen Rose Gallery in Oak Bluffs.


“Island Theater”

Robert Fitzgerald is a graphic designer and illustrator. He owns and manages the Felton Street Studios, a frame shop in Waltham. Bob’s connection with the Vineyard began at the age of 3, when he would visit his aunt in the historic Campgrounds in Oak Bluffs. His connection to the Island is a family home on Chappy. Although Bob worked as a graphic artist, he has done watercolors, and enjoys working with oil paint.


“Truckstop” gouache, in a small 5″ x 8″ Moleskin sketchbook.

Elizabeth R. Whelan

“I have kept sketchbooks since I was in my teens, and usually they have been the inexpensive sort with a black cover. I used them when I was an illustrator and graphic designer to help me work out layouts, take client notes, that sort of thing. For the past eight years, the sketchbooks have become my way to play with ideas for paintings, and are a good excuse to turn off the tech and take in my surroundings in detail. The resulting sketch may or may not be worth a second look; however, unlike a photo, the scene becomes firmly planted in my mind with all the senses included. I rarely share the contents of my sketchbooks online. Social media is a gaping maw demanding constant feeding, and too often we artists feel compelled to post every last thing we are working on. This past year I have tried to be much more selective, and keep certain areas of my creative life safe from the hungry beast! It’s good to regain a feeling of control and remember why we are creating in the first place … not for the applause but for the sheer love of it.”

Elizabeth Whelan


Elizabeth R. Whelan is an artist and portrait painter working from her studio on Chappaquiddick. She paints in oil on canvas, and enjoys using a narrative approach to portraiture and figurative painting. Elizabeth is currently preparing shows for next year — one with a Vineyard waterfront theme, a metals-oriented show titled “Silver” for fall 2018; an “Off Season” show for spring 2019, and she has begun work on a large body of figurative and portrait paintings around the theme of women, science, and art for summer 2019, called “Inseparable.” Elizabeth is represented for portraiture by the Field Gallery in West Tisbury, and in the Boston area by Francesca Anderson Fine Art in Lexington. You can also find her still life, landscape, and maritime paintings at Craftworks Gallery in Oak Bluffs.

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