From another timePosted: December 5, 2013
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.