Thursdays Drawing, Gentle Compassion #11

Wow, just under the wire – there is no way I wasn’t going to draw  today.  And here is the latest update on Gentle Compassion, yes, we are on update #11.

As you can see the biggest change is that the background was drawn in with charcoal.  I used charcoal because I wanted the background to be flat and not move forward.  When the drawing is finished next week the background will represent rough wood panels that might be found in a horse’s stable.  In my mind this represents an environment that I imagine Pacific Reach and his caretaker probably spent a lot of time together in during their quiet times.

All areas of the drawing were worked on today, just little tweaks here and there.  One week to go and Gentle Compassion will be finished.  Thanks for your patience and supportive encouragement during this process.

Gentle Compassion #11

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39 Responses to Thursdays Drawing, Gentle Compassion #11

  1. i don’t know how i missed this one, as i was keeping one eye out for this post! wow, i knew that dark background was going to make it pop, and it’s so great to see that you’ve reached that point! it’s fantastic, and the amazing comments reflect that i’ve not been the only one who has enjoyed watching this work of art evolve! it’s amazing amiga! good work! buen trabajo!

    • Mary says:

      Ah Lisa forever my biggest encourager, thank you my friend! I am so glad that I took you up on the challenge to draw on Thursdays – it brought a whole lot of focus/attention back in seeing what’s there and not what I think is there process. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to start my next drawing. So this week will be it for Gentle Compassion . . . stay tuned!

  2. It’s amazing how this has developed. You have been so kind to take us along with this journey. So beautifully expressed.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Emily – thank you for your kind comments. I’m looking forward to tackling the background and finish the piece this week – I want to really work the wood panels and hopefully see them a quiet balance to the scene. Really appreciate hearing from you – thanks!

  3. Doris says:

    You know what I learned from this drawing…patience
    in a drawing you have to give it time, at first I wanted to rush
    but seeing this drawing it made me learn to be patience
    to take time and to really enjoy what I am doing. I love it!
    it is coming along and almost there the hands have so much
    detail all I can say bravo!

    • Mary says:

      HI Doris – you make my day! Thank you for your gracious comments. I’m slow in both my drawings and paintings, not sure why but what it does for me is get my head totally into a piece that I might be working on. In this case I could feel myself get absorb in what I was trying to convey. Thank you so much – just really appreciate it!

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  5. Petronette says:

    Wow, it looks like a new drawing !
    What a collourd background can do !!!

  6. Mary!! This is amazing work! The hands are beautiful! Great thinking on the backgrounds, it makes the image pop up! 😀

    • Mary says:

      Hi Patricia, I wish I was an fly on the wall watching people’s reaction as they saw this update. The background had a big effect – I have some ideas for framing that I think will complete the piece. Thanks for your wonderful comment my friend ~

  7. mamiesmith says:

    It’s been so cool to see the whole process. The drawing is so gentle, compassionate, and detailed. I especially love the horse’s snout and the man’s hand.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Mamie – so nice of you! Thank you for your great comments – I really enjoyed working through this process and pretty soon will start my next drawing, stay tuned!

  8. Wow, what a difference!! It’s really coming together now 😀 Very nice, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Calee, thank you so much! I was a bit timid about putting down the charcoal, but I think that it will accomplish the background I was looking for once it’s completed this week. Thanks again for commenting!

  9. sminkee64 says:

    Oh, I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. artscottnet says:

    What a difference that background and shadow around that finely detailed hand makes! Amazing work, Mary! Happy Friday

    • Mary says:

      Hi Scott, so glad you like the drawing. It’s taking on a life of its own – I was really undecided about adding the dark background, but in the end feels it defines the subjects. Have a great Friday!

  12. Healthy A-Z says:

    I’ve really enjoyed watching your progress with Gentle Compassion. Every detail brings the scene so alive!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Cyndi – I really appreciate receiving your comments. This became a larger project than what I originally intended, but satisfying as well.

  13. Madhu says:

    I haven’t been following the progress, but this is amazing! Look forward to seeing it finished.

  14. This is coming along so nicely, Mary…
    Happy Friday, my dear!

  15. poppytump says:

    … I’m just waiting for him to snort and nuzzle Mary !
    Lovely to see this almost complete now .

  16. CindysArt says:

    great detail work! 🙂

  17. I really love the charcoal. Your attention to detail…that is something that we must train our eyes to see, yes?

    • Mary says:

      You are very kind and perceptive. When there is a lot of detail I can feel myself lose focus, which is good that I’m only working on this piece once a week – gives me a fresh perspective. Thank you for your wonderful comment!

  18. Oh Mary, the hard work is paying off! Quite wonderful.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elena. I was a bit anxious as I started to apply the charcoal, but have learned to go with my instinct. I’m hoping to get distinguished wood panels textured for the final go-round.

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