“You must laugh at yourself, laugh and laugh.” – Susan Stewart, “Lessons From Television”
And then she started laughing. The kite tugged at her hands along the kite string, the energy of her laughing bounced the breezes and bumped up the kite, unseen by us, but dancing in her eyes, so that we saw her lively heart and her faith in being beloved. That was all we needed for the moment.
“A shadow in the shape of a house/slides out of a house/and loses its shape on the lawn.” – Christian Wiman, “Darkness Starts”
What is she thinking? She’s walking her dog. Probably thinking about email, or what she has to do at work, or about that job, how it feels like a dead-end. A millennial, she could be doing so much more. But you have to have a job to earn money and this isn’t her parent’s world, the world of the baby boomer who had nowhere to go but up. This is the realities of the 2000s, this is the time of partisan in-fighting, this is the time of environmental setbacks and global climate change, the time of things you can’t do much about as one person, seemingly. She is walking her dog. That’s all she is doing.
What is this about?
Laughing Girl – As I continue with my “sketch-a-day” efforts, I’m experimenting with adding color to the inked-in drawing. In the top sketch, I liked how the flower in the hair turned out, and I thought the color patterning on the girl’s bright fabric shirt made a nice effect. The pattern was actually flowers, large and small, on a red background. Rather than draw each flower individually, I went for an “impression of a floral print” approach. (They say hands and facial features are the hardest to draw. Yes, these didn’t quite work out as in the photo. You can see the original photo on Flickr here. But, I continue to learn!)
Shadow Girl – Aha! Did you notice, no hands or facial features in this photo! I liked the angle of this photograph, that it was taken from above the subject. The trickier part of the drawing were the shadows and the angle of perspective. I was happy with it. (Original photo here.)
Thanks to all!
With each sketch is my little reflection or fiction on the subject. Thanks to yellowfuzzyduck at turtledesk blog, who recently published some of her acrylic work in a blog post, and to Miriam Hurdle of The Show of Blessings blog who often posts her paintings as well. To Amy Maranto of Photography Journal Blog for explaining the process behind her creativity in photographs, and to so many others . . . I still feel self-conscious about exposing my small efforts to the world at large, but thanks to you, all my blogging colleagues, for your encouragement!