Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Old Woman

This work has been shown at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY. It was completed in 1984 and was done from a photo that my husband Sean took. He was in a park in Syracuse and came upon this old woman. He asked, as he usually does, if he could take her photograph and this is the gesture she made. He shot the picture immediately. Once I saw this photo I knew I had to draw it. So with his permission, here is my pointillism rendition of Sean's Old Woman. Click to enlarge.

She was really a challenge to photograph too because the drawing is so light (you can see my reflection in the glass). Actually, when I was doing this drawing it was quite difficult to tell when it was done and when to stop making dots. I was so afraid I would ruin the effect I was trying to capture. Do you think I stopped to soon?


Anonymous said...

With a few lines
you are drawn into the portrait.
I was immediately drawn to the expression on her face and wondering what she was thinking or seeing.
You definately did not stop to soon.
Simplicity is what makes this portrait come alive.

Thank you so much for sharing your art.


Sh@ney said...

OMG Sue this is brilliant...I love it love it love it...I could see this hanging in a gallery...It captures so much and leaves you guessing as well. WOW!

thonnibg said...

I`m with Shaney,it is brilliant!

peter said...

Sue, do you draw nowadays still? I'm amazed with your craft, so lifelike.

Sue said...

No Peter I do not. I have not drawn anything since my brain surgery because my hands were shaky after that and I lost my confidence. My hands are less shaky now, but my confidence has not returned.

Sue said...

I really want to thank everybody for their comments. I thought at the time when I showed this piece with the Wild Flowers one that this was the way stronger piece. But the judges disagreed and decided that the Wild Flowers should be shown at the Everson Museum.

Doug said...

I love this piece, the expression and the hands. Wonderful.