Thursdays Drawing, Gentle Compassion

Just under the gun today!  Here is the latest update to Gentle Compassion.

Today I finished the hand and began to work on the sleeve.  My goal with the hand is to have it slack but firm, which in my mind symbolizes compassion.

Next week I expect to finish the sleeve and then onto the background, which will be done with charcoal because it is dark and flat.  This way the horse, hand and sleeve are in graphite that has a bit of shiny appearance.

Here you go . . .

Gentle Compassion #10

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19 Responses to Thursdays Drawing, Gentle Compassion

  1. Impressive, it is amazing of the small details that need to be thought of in painting. Love how this is coming out!

  2. Petronette says:

    Your drawing is already great !

  3. An expressive hand for sure Mary. This piece exudes compassion.

  4. I have heard, that hands are one of the very hardest to draw and paint. Couldn’t even imagine where to start…you have created it with such detail and reality….the hand shows wisdom♥ Have a great weekend…BTW…I am so glad we are blogging friends!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Laurie, you are so kind and generous, your comments are very meaningful to me. I love how you described what the hand symbolizes for you – it’s the emotional connection that I’m after with this drawing. That makes my day to know it is happening for you. I hope you enjoy your weekend, where ever you guys happen to be – your spirit is appreciated more than you know. Thank you and I agree I’m so thankful for your blogging friendship.

  5. patisaac says:

    I love watching your progress on this Mary. This will be such a beautifu sensitive drawing.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Pat, thank you so much! I am so glad that the drawing strikes you that way, it’s been my desire for the viewer – that’s very cool.

  6. Your diligence and patience and attention to detail is really impressive, Mary – it is highlighting all my non-diligence, impatience and generally lazy “let’s take the easy/quickest way” characteristics!

    • Mary says:

      Oh Dawn, thank you – you are so kind. I have to take my time because I’m trying to change gears with my mind to see what’s there and not what I think is there – so I’m being slow and deliberate for a reason. I could feel myself getting bored with the sleeve, which I’ll have to watch or I’ll end up rushing through it and not feel the subtleties of the fabric.

  7. cindy knoke says:

    So lovely and loving~

  8. artscottnet says:

    Amazing detail on the hand, Mary. It’s fun to see this progress each week!

  9. i SO love seeing your weekly progress! you’re amazing and have to be one of the most patient people on the planet!

    buen trabajo!


  10. Healthy A-Z says:

    Nice creases and shadows on that hand.

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