Post Doodling

I have been thinking about the little doodles I’ve been drawing during the past few weeks. They are not terribly satisfying. Don’t get me wrong, it is a challenge to have an idea and conjure up some way to express it visually. However, it is like coming up with one-liners. I’m pretty good with puns and jokes (in my opinion), but there is a difference between that type of banter and a conversation.  My metaphor is probably a little bit off, but I don’t think it’s off by much.

Today’s experiment:

I started reading a book about the structure of Cézanne’s paintings (Cézanne’s Compositions by Erle Loran), and I really wanted to start working with spatial pictorial elements (spheres, cones, cubes and cylinders).

Today, I tried to ‘model’ the elements of the portrait of my brother Michael (autistic, low functioning and nonverbal) as volumes in space. I know this is the tip of the iceberg of what Cézanne had to say about the organization of shapes, but I thought it was a good place to start.

Watercolor Sketch - Portrait of Brother Mike

Portrait of Mike
6″x4″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

This portrait is from a photograph I took of Mike at my last visit to his group home. I know I must return to this subject for two reasons: 1) to paint a better portrait; 2) to remember him.

2 thoughts on “Post Doodling

  1. I love this portrait Jack. From my impression of the photos you’ve shared of Mike it feels like him. I think it is the mouth and eyes which refer me back to the photos in terms of recognition. In terms of technique (when my eyes look at it not to make meaning) I love the swirls of brown. I see an embryo above the left eye…


    • Thank you Liz. I’m glad you like it. It’s funny, because in the painting, I made him look at me (unconsciously). The photo is much more ambiguous. I hope you will like future portraits of him.


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