Thursday’s Drawing, Sorrow #8

Thursday’s here and I have to say it’s a darn good feeling to finally see the sun peeking through and temps reaching into the 80’s – nothing like it.

Drawing is very satisfying to me, I find it relaxing and allows me time to think about life and what’s going on.  But progress on Sorrow was slow today, definitely not as much as I would have liked.  I had to slow down and take time to examine the statue’s back, the flow of fabric, the lights/darks that are normal aspects to fabric folds, and finally the patina – nature’s wear and tear on this beautiful structure.

The drawing (12×9) is being done on Strathmore paper using graphite pencils:  4H, 2H, HB, B, 2B and a bit of 6B.  Finally I began to draw in some of the prominent patina that gives the statue character, guess I wanted to get a feel for it, so if you look closely on the right-hand side you’ll start to see the stains of rain.  Next week I plan to finish her back and where much of the fabric gathers at her knee, that will leave me in a good place to begin drawing her headdress.

Have a great weekend, don’t forget to smell the roses ~

Sorrow #8

Sorrow #8

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20 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing, Sorrow #8

  1. doronart says:

    Mary I love a farbric in painting you make it look majestic every week.

  2. poppytump says:

    I see the rain stains emerging …very much progressing Mary … I can tell you are very involved …such an artist .

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Poppy, beautiful compliment and I appreciate it. I do love this process of drawing for only 30 minutes a week, you nailed it, I do find I get very connected to the subject.

  3. sefeniak says:

    Have yourself a great weekend Mary! To smell the roses I bought myself some and daffodils for added perfume. Spring has arrived indoors! Cheers!

  4. Mary there is already a quiet drama beginning to take shape in the dark to lighter transition from left to right in the fabric folds, the beautiful composition of this drawing is emerging as well.. i admire your courage, this is quite an ambitious project.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much. I love the process of drawing in stages like this, a very good exercise because it allows me to get very close to the subject. Feeling the process as it comes into being, not just a drawing but the subject takes on a life of its own.

  5. dorannrule says:

    Mary – Your drawing is superb of the folds in the fabric. I can’t wait to see Sorrow emerge.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Dorann – emerging Sorrow is what will give me the most angst in this drawing. Can I bring the piece to a range of surface emotion that I’m looking for? We’ll all stay tuned. Have a great weekend, happy Spring to you!

  6. Nawfal says:

    Looks very nice and soft! 🙂

  7. A beautiful weekend to you too, my dear Mary! [progressing beautifully!] xx 🙂

  8. Drawing, for an artist, is perhaps what a first draft is for a writer. The mind is more fluid, less focused on making things right. Good luck with your work and thank you for reminding me to smell the roses.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Evelyne. Yes, I suppose you are right about the similarities between a writer and an artist – for me it’s all about feeling the art as it comes alive.

  9. Painting for Joy says:

    Wow Mary! The fabric looks photographic! No wonder your paintings are so excellent! You are a very proficient draftsman (draftswoman?) xoxo

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