Thursday, my drawing day for 1/2 hour, had me continuing on with Sorrow.
Today I made an important decision on how to move forward with this piece. Sorrow, for those that don’t know, is a drawing of a statue that shows all the characteristics of someone’s deep pain as they bow their face in pain and prayer. The statute is outside and exhibits signs of being exposed to all kinds of weather. There were two directions I could go with this drawing, 1) I imagined the statute as sandblasted (years of grit and grim that has accumulated wash away) and drawn as gleaming white, or 2) leave what I call “elements of character,” the marks of what she has endured over her lifetime.
The decision – draw the essence (to a point) that shows her fight with what life has thrown her way: sun, rain, snow and ice. But really though, don’t you agree that these marks show her strength and tells her story. Isn’t that the way life is for us, we wear the marks of our life – they define us and at times tell our story.
Sorrow will be showing her markings, characters of life – after all they are what brings us to feel the depth of her pain and sorrow. Today I used graphite pencils 4H, 2H, HB, B and 2B.