Daybreak – charcoal drawing


“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence”  by Henri Matisse

Not my usual subject, but when I saw a photograph online at pmp (paint-my-photograph) I was intrigued by the way the woman’s hair flowed down her back.  The original photograph was in color, she was facing a dark green/brownish wall and holding flowers, but in my mind I saw something totally different ~

Daybreak, a charcoal drawing (9×6) was done on Strathmore Bristol smooth paper.  For me it was all about her hair – I could see her glancing out a window with the drapes pulled back.  So I went with the theme, letting the light control the soft feel of the atmosphere while her dark hair took center stage.  I don’t draw the body very often, but this one spoke to me and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Thank you for visiting ~

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

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35 Responses to Daybreak – charcoal drawing

  1. Gorgeous, Mary. Not sure why I’m not seeing your posts these days. I am still following you. Mind you, I’ve been kinda busy with other things lately, so that may explain it!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Cynthia for your kind words. If you aren’t receiving my posts in your Reader, un-follow and then re-follow – I have found that it helps to reset it. I can understand about being busy I’ve had a rough time just trying to keep up with blogging, I had to take several months off. But happy to be on when I can.

  2. Gallivanta says:

    I wish my hair looked like this first thing in the morning; shiny and luxurious. 😀 A couple of weeks I went to our city art gallery and saw an exhibition called Bad Hair Day. https://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/exhibitions/bad-hair-day Some of the hair was lovely, some of the hair was bad or eccentric. I thought it was a fun way to look at art via portrayal of hair.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Gallivanta, thanks so much – wished my hair looked like this also, unfortunately . . . Interesting art exhibit, I could easily see how entertaining the art show would be – thanks for the link to the website.

  3. dsaquarelles says:

    very beautiful! i ❤

    • Mary says:

      So great to see you Dsaquarelles – thank you for your nice feedback. I’ve missed your work and looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to.

  4. artbyisabel says:

    Beautiful, nicely done!

  5. restlessjo says:

    Looks great! 🙂 Happy weekend, Mary!

  6. Amy says:

    I love your photo much more then and painting. Her beautiful hair flowing down her back and face the window, that gives a nice space for viewers to imagine…

  7. Brilliantly done, my dear Mary and not an easy subject either! 🙂

  8. Love it….a very atmospheric piece…..enjoy the weekend…I can see you are on a creative roll….which is fantastic. Janet 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Janet, it was the atmosphere that I was after for showcasing her hair – it felt good to change subjects and challenge myself. Have a great weekend!

  9. You went for the lines – successfully

  10. Resa says:

    The hair is especially fabulous! 😀 Lovely

  11. beautiful! I remember when I did figure drawing, the hair was always intriguing to me.

  12. Jet Eliot says:

    So lovely, Mary~~

  13. yes, it is very beautiful… her hair is so ‘there’ and all else soft… very nice – great work…

  14. No, it’s not your usual work but it’s really beautiful, Mary. It’s good to stretch ourselves. You did a great job!

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