Apples and Oranges

I had intended to explore the history of still lifes in yesterday’s post, but after thumbing through some of my old art catalogs, came upon some hands that I couldn’t resist sketching. I am interested in gestures and their power to convey emotion. My older brother is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal and holds his […]

Hands of Yore

I started preparing for today’s blog by looking up the history of still lifes (which is where I learned that the plural of still life is not still lives). I was going to take a break from hands for a while, but as I was looking through some of my old art bulletins. I came across […]

They Can’t All Be Winners

I must say at the outset, I am not pleased with the sketches I present today.  I really like my photograph, from which the gestures were excerpted, but perhaps it is not transferrable to watercolor. Note: This is another in a continuing series of hand gestures I have been sketching in watercolor (Holding Hand, Hands […]

At Rest with Slinky

My watercolors for the past two days (Resting Position and Resting Hands Revisited) have been gestures from a photograph of  Mike and one of his classmates, M___, at their Day Program. Mike, my older brother, is autistic, very low functioning and nonverbal.  Today’s study In today’s study I portray the hands of my brother. His head is down […]

Resting Hands Revisited

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? […]

Resting Position

Everybody has a position in which they are comfortable. I’m not sure if this is the case with the owner of the hands in today’s study. M___ was a classmate of my brother Michael at his Day Program. For those of you reading my blog for the first time, Mike is my older brother who is […]

Eating Cake

Sensual eating How should I put this? Mike was always a sensual eater. Why use utensils when you can feel the texture in your hands? I suppose it adds to the complete culinary experience… assuming you have someone to clean up after you. Brief recap For those of you reading my blog for the first […]

Grabby or Helping Hand?

Parties I used to go to some of the parties that Mike’s group home would arrange (see Halloween Party, Christmas Party). Mike is my older brother, who is autistic, very low functioning and nonverbal.  They were experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I had more than a few surprises at these events. For instance, I saw […]

Playing Hands

Mike’s toy Mike’s favorite toy was a slinky. I took a photograph of him playing with it on one of my first visits to his Day Program. Mike is my older brother. He is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. After living in a large institution for a good portion of his life, Mike was placed […]