Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thirty Minutes With Henry

Henry With Allison

A thirty minute. six by six inch, sketch of the day. My thirty minutes with Henry, my dear brother in-law who passed away way too young. My niece published this photo on FB. I immediately downloaded it. This young dad reading to his young daughter is worth more than a sketch. 

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  1. The story plus the drawing is very moving. You captured the emotional tenderness of father and child.
    Good for you... honoring his memory so beautifully.

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    1. The sketch is a first pass. This could be a painting. I didn't quite get him, but I did get close. You have to be careful painting people who have passed away. The likeness must be right on if it's a commission. This painting wouldn't be. This subject is a universal one about a father's love for his daughter. Thank you.

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  2. This is so beautiful, Linda - so full of quiet, profound and warm emotion.
    Kathryn

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. If I didn't have such a back up of portraits to finish, I would be into it. Maybe soon?

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  3. I'm so sorry for your loss, Linda! This sketch of your brother in law reading to his daughter is priceless!

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    1. Thanks Hilda. It has been a while since he died, but there's still a void.i enjoyed remembering the times we he had with him while I was drawing.

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  4. What a lovely memory caught in a sketch!

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    1. It was a lovely sketch session. When I am doing a portrait I am spending time with that person. My connection to them with all the memories come to mind--exactly like the magic that cave artist made when he drew that bison. :-))

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  5. A moving story and an emotional connection resulted in a magical sketch. I know you could do justice to the subject and the tenderness of the moment with your paintbrush.

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    1. Thanks Susan. There's a few starts ahead of this one. It's time to start finishing things.

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  6. A lovely way to remember. Great sketch.

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    1. I had a special time. I walked away feeling warm and fuzzy. Yesterday, however, I stomped out of the studio after a wipe out. Good sessions and bad. That's how it goes. :-))

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  7. Excellent sketch Linda! And also a very special moment with a loved one. Take care, Hugs

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    1. The portrait artist spends a lot of time with her subject. It's important to have an amiable relationship to get good results. Henry was the best. Drawing conditions weren't. The sketch is just a first pass, but thank you Helen.

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  8. Catching up--you have been busy. I always love seeing your charcoal drawings.

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    1. It's been a while since I picked up a stick of vine. I bought this neat General charcoal set and Henry grew out of the first marks. My hand was heavy on this sketch and my knead was in need of kneading. Also, the paper was wrong, drawing paper. Aside from that. Henry did come out okay. My thirty minutes with the lamp went by in a flash. I liked the set and will put it in my beach bag. It was a good session.

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