Sweet Slumber, charcoal

New mothers seem to live in a fog of exhaustion and try to sneak in much-needed sleep when they can find the time.  When I saw this tired Mom and her new baby taking a nap in a “cozy” chair, I sensed a feeling of peaceful love.

Sweet Slumber (12×9), a charcoal drawing was done using vine and compressed charcoal, a bit of graphite for some of the hair.  My goal was to use carbon for the skin of both Mom and baby, but the carbon pencil was hard and I couldn’t get a nice smooth appearance, I think next time I’ll create a pile of carbon dust and apply with a brush.  Because of this 98% of the drawing became charcoal.  Tools used were:  kneaded eraser, tortilum, stump, and artist brushes.

Thanks for checking in.  Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Sweet SlumberOriginal reference was from Susan Cook of pmp.  The image was cropped for a tight close-up of Mother and Baby.



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56 Responses to Sweet Slumber, charcoal

  1. Mary, this lovely picture evokes cozy memories of my own babies. Very well done.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  2. Hello Mary,
    You know I admire all of your beautiful artwork, but this stirred up strong emotions & brought a tear to my eye. So beautiful, so tender. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Best wishes,

  3. You’ve caught the sweetness of the moment:)

  4. Angie Mc says:

    One of my favorites, Mary ❤

  5. ArtbyLinz says:

    So beautiful! Great work Mary!

  6. Painting for Joy says:

    How very very sweet Mary. I remember those days! Love the sweet sleeping baby and the way the mom is resting her head over the baby as if the protect the child while they sleep. Very nicely done!

  7. Beautiful work, Miss Mary

    Big Hugs

    uncle john

  8. So precious, melts my heart!

  9. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Remind me again, Mary, that you’re not a portrait artist? The delicacy in this is…….beyond. Just really really beyond. Perhaps your very best yet.

  10. Gallivanta says:

    You’ve captured the peacefulness of the slumber so well.

  11. Both are very beautiful in they own way. Love the tenderness, gentleness of the embrace. Beautifully executed details. Love the little small ears, the open mouth and small rounded shoulders of the child. Peaceful indeed, lovely display of motherly love!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Eva – I fell in love with the baby, she was great fun to draw. The Mother was tough and I found with the little bit I used carbon on couldn’t be removed, so there are some technical issues with her – lessons learned for the next time. But still a good exercise because of the weird positions and adult vs baby. So glad you mentioned peaceful, that’s what I was trying to convey(yeah)! Thanks again ~

  12. Trini Lind says:

    Oh, this is so beautiful and serene! 🙂 ❤

  13. Lily Lau says:

    This is lovely, Mary! 😀

  14. Steven says:

    Expertly done, Mary! There’s such a lovely tenderness to it.

  15. Beautiful work Mary, very sweet 🙂

  16. ĽAdelaide says:

    What a precious moment, so beautifully captured. Mary, your charcoal work is amazing. I know little about it but these drawings are just amazing to me. xx

    • Mary says:

      Hi Linda – hope you are feeling better. Thank you – still working on different angles and features w/my portrait work. Appreciate your encouragement. Charcoal is just like painting with soft pastels – very dusty, which is bad with light carpet. Tomorrow I’m going to have to do some major cleaning (ops!)!

  17. Beautifully done, Mary. I love both facial expressions.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Laurie – appreciate it! You guys should be experiencing the Spring rains down in Houston pretty soon – stay tuned for the rocking and rolling weather.

  18. Amy says:

    I, too, sensed a feeling of peaceful love, which was beautifully conveyed through your charcoal.

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