Yesterday’s watercolor study did not portray the emotion or feeling that I wanted. Although each hand position was fairly accurate, I think their relative positions contributed to my unhappiness. Today I was thinking about how to remedy the situation: Perhaps I could include more context. If the forearms or torso were presented, would that help?
Brief recap of resting hands
Yesterday I related my visit to my brother’s Day Program. Mike is my older brother who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. I met one of his classmates, M___, who is just as low functioning as Mike, if not more so. He seemed to be very gentle, however. Once, I took his hand to guide him and he seemed to have so much pent up energy. He was vibrating. Perhaps he had too much medication.
In today’s study, I did expand the scope of the sketch to include forearms and torso. I altered the spacing of the hands to make it more accurate. Now perhaps one can imagine a game of cat’s cradle between them, as I mentioned yesterday. I added a background to surround the left hand.
Indeed, with the modifications I made, the above study conveys more of the flavor that I intended than yesterday’s (see below). I believe I know some of the reasons. For instance, the arms and the torso were necessary to indicate overall posture; the spacing between the hands needed to be accurate. Yesterday, I tried to abbreviate the gesture by altering the spacing between hands. That is like changing the spacing between the feet of a sketch of a crouching person. One can do that, but the balance would be off and he or she would topple over. The background, highlighting the area around the left hand enhances the mood of the sketch.
The notion that someone would be at rest in this posture, is a little odd. It doesn’t seem that restful. It must have seemed so for M___, as he lingered in this posture for quite a while. However, it could be that it actually wasn’t restful for him at all.
Yesterday’s study – for comparison