Manley Pointer

I haven’t read much Flannery O’Conner lately. However, one of the central images that can be teased out of the abstract painting below is a masculine finger emerging from a set of knuckles. Manley Pointer, as in ‘finger pointer’ (not a character) came to my mind. I have been painting and sketching hands lately (Portrait […]

Hands with Sketched Face

Mike* has very expressive hands. I have posted sketches of them before (Resting Hands Revisited, Playing Hands, About to Hold Hands, Hands Full). Years ago another resident of his group home hurt him. It is hard to blame the other guy. Mike can be very annoying. He used to steal food from the plates of […]

Duet

This study began with five parallel lines upon which music could be written. The lines continued, but lost their parallel order with two lines escaping their nature as potential recipients of musical notes. I took the outstretched, five-fingered hand from a photograph of someone expressing exasperation. I took the other hand (thumb and forefinger) from […]

Hands Abstracted

I’ve taken countless photographs of hands over the years. Many of them have been of my family. I caught some of my older brother Mike‘s* gestures on film; my younger brother Dave‘s hands on the piano; my father conducting imaginary orchestras and my mother holding Mike when he was young. These images are a treasure […]

Anemone and Hands

I began this composition thinking of the concept of order and disorder. My idea was to draw a series of parallel narrow peaks and valleys, leaving one out of kilter. The second idea was to superimpose my younger brother Dave’s piano hand and my older brother Mike’s pointing hand onto this background. However, instead of […]

Expressive Hands – Quiescent

Mike’s* hands at rest, were very delicate. I’m sure they still are. I haven’t seen him in a long time, since I moved to California, quite a distance from where he lives. Below is a photo I shot during a visit to his old group home. While his hands are a strong visual element here, […]

Hand Fantasy

Most of this past week, I have been fascinated with hands. My younger brother is an accomplished pianist, and I’ve been watching him intently as he played, during his visit. We talked quite a bit about music and the connection between hands and the brain with music as the intermediary. As a direct result of […]