From another time

It was a very tranquil half hour that I spent with Melanie today — me quietly drawing and Melanie reading her book. After a while I realized that we had both been silent for a very long time. I was totally absorbed in my drawing and Melanie seemed to be at a good part in her story. And it was only when I returned home and my sketchbook was open on the counter that I realized that her face reminded me of someone. It took a while to figure out but then it came to me. Her face was like a Renaissance madonna. Maybe it was the pose — the slightly tilted head, the downward gaze, the gentle features. Don’t misunderstand my comparison to that period in art history. I don’t mean that my feeble attempt at portraiture was in any way close to a Renaissance painter. I just mean that there is something about Melanie’s face that is from another time.


12 Comments on “From another time”

  1. Linda Daily says:

    Lovely drawing Shari. You captured the pensive quality of being absorbed in a good read.

  2. Ross says:

    Very nice. I like the way you defined the shape of the neck and jaw with the dark hair behind.
    What did Melanie think of the finished drawing?

  3. Lee Kline says:

    Lovely drawing. The downward look captures what you were describing, I feel. Perhaps you are on to something. Maybe those folks in the Renaissance told their models to bring a book to read. They could not have been holding a baby all the time it took to make the picture!

  4. John Wright says:

    Nicely done Shari. You are inspiring me to sharpen a pencil and give that a try.

  5. John Bartoldus says:

    Renaissance painters have nothing on you. I totally agree with your take on the sketch, sometimes we get to see the wonder in our art which makes all the flubs seem meaningless. Bravo Shari!

  6. croquedessin says:

    Very Nice sketch !

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