My grandfather was a good-humoured man with an enormous heart. He had a boyish sense of mischief to him that carried over into everything he did, from his love of fishing to the extensive volunteer work that he did in his community.
My focus in this drawing was to capture his good humour, which can be seen in the glint in his eyes in the portrait. His closed-mouth smile draws out a sense of calm about him, though his eyes belie that beloved mischief.
Trips to the art store for me are like trips to the Costco for other people: “I’m just going in to grab some milk.” Next thing I know, I’m $50 broker than that I was when I went in, but unlike Costco shoppers, I don’t have any buyer’s remorse! Today was the day that I decided to get more organized and grabbed this lovely craft organizer from Canadian Tire. It won’t be long before it gets filled up!
‘Senator’ was the first commission that I ever did. It was an interesting outcome to posting some really quick sketches on my Facebook page. A colleague of mine saw the quick sketches and asked if I’d be willing to draw his late golden retriever, Senator.
“No way,” I said. “I’m just a beginner, and I don’t think I’ll be able to do a very good job of it.”
With some encouragement, I finally agreed to give it a go. The worst that could happen was that the portrait didn’t turn out, and I’d have to admit defeat (except that really, the worst that could happen was that I totally messed up the drawing and insulted the memory of someone’s beloved pet and that person would never talk to me again because I was such a failure). As usual, my worst enemy was my own fear of failure, but with some encouragement from my husband, I got started. It only took about 50 tries before I reached the final product, and you know, it wasn’t half bad!