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I have had this almost finished since Christmas, but I had been a little too busy to work on it. I am glad to finally get it done.
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anahata.c () 4:08PM | Sat, 18 January 2020
when I was studying art, we were asked to portray the deep immersion of sleep. And our teacher showed us (for inspiration) the famous, beautiful brush drawing of rembrandt, "Young Woman Sleeping" (or "Y.Woman Sleeping on Chair", something like that). It's from the 1650s, and is in the British museum, I believe. (I'm too lazy to look it up, but I imagine you've seen it. It's in Britain, that much I remember.) He conveyed immersion in a few thick strokes in her face...just as he also conveyed her 'mass'---a sleeping mass (very different from a waking mass, as I'm sure you know)---though a few strokes as well. It gave me immense appreciation for how line can capture both the absence inherent sleep, as well as its immense presence. I genuinely feel both in this drawing. I really like her angle, the fullness of her cheeks and lips (the way our faces bloom out like a child's, in sleep), the subtle shading of her right side (against the pillow), etc. And the way you create these radiating lines in the sheets around her, as if her deep presence caused ripples in the universe around her. You conveyed her neck and chest with very delicate shading. And somehow, by presenting her with head facing up, it's as if you're calling us to attention, while she's in slumber. It's a touching portrait, and it verifies, again, your artistic intensity.
Hahahahahaha! OK this one was very interesting. She was very much awake, sitting upright, leaning slightly forward and staring intently at a go board.
I did draw her sleeping in a drawing called "dulces sueños" but not this time. In this case, I was trying mostly to show my own emotions rather than hers. I had not seen her in well over a month, and really missed her. The extra soft rendering on her face was thought of as representing the lens of memory (although I used a photo). The abstract radial lines (which you read as sheets) are in a sense showing a sort of tunnel vision. She concentrates on the go board, and I concentrate on her.