Faces tell us all we need to know…WIP

Finished by ‘drawing’ or mark-making with an ‘h’ lead pencil, i.e., gouging or scratching (sgraffito) lines into the oil colour.
need to work on the eyes next
Leaving this paint to dry before continuing

…about life, love, suffering, pain, the human condition… …so, here, evolving in stages, is a small study in pencil and oil colour wash on a 14 x 10″ stretched canvas.

9 Comments

  1. Hope you’ll share future stages. Everybody’s interpretation will be their own, but so far I see bright inquisitiveness, a willingness to know more.

  2. THE PAIN!

    THE SUFFERING!

    All captured In It’s Utter Non-Glory!

    Pain can be beautiful when it is used to send the warning sign

    of what misery and drugs and over use of violence can do!

    Good Work!

    ROCK THAT PENCIL AND COLOR WASH!!!!

    PENCILS ARE SO UNDER-RATED!

    CHARCOAL DOES NOT GET ENOUGH APPRECIATION EITHER!

    EXCEPT FROM PEOPLE LIKE US!!!!!

    GOOD WORK MY PAINTING FRIEND!!!!!

    1. Thanks! Yes, misery all right! What with drugs, alcohol, gambling, excessive and brutal violence, bad education, poor start in life, crime, imprisonment, and all the rest, oh dear. We have created a pretty rotten world, where the rich get richer, the poor poorer; where movie and porn stars get more attention than honest men; a world where values count for nothing…
      I’ll nip over to your place and have a dekko, see what you’re up to.

    1. Thanks! Still a work in progress.
      I think I recall him saying he was from Philadelphia. He gave his name as ‘Irish’! He wanted to be a basketball or baseball star, but instead, at the ripe old age of 40, he is homeless, living on the street, and addicted to various lethal drugs.
      Nevertheless, he still has a twinkle in his eye, and when interviewed he came across (to me) as a good soul, a lively intelligence, but one who didn’t have the best start in life, and who has taken many a wrong path ever since.
      When the interviewer asked him what he felt when he looked at himself in the mirror he replied, ‘Disappointed,’ which I found moving.
      He’s been in prison, and has 4 kids by 3 different women.
      I feel for him. He’s been through the mill.

      1. Wow. Thank you for this sketch. Now i really do feel like i know the man. This world needs more mercy and compassion, less judgment

      2. I wish I knew the answers to the world’s problems. It seems like everything is destined to happen as it does. Stuff ineluctably follows its own courses its own rules its own logic. We humans fondly imagine we are in control of the situation but I doubt we are! The web of causation is just too complex and defies analysis and understanding for the most part.

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