Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ernest

This is a graphite drawing of my Grandfather, Ernest.

graphite 9" x 12"
in private collection
copyright 2006 Stacy L. Rowan

He passed away eight years ago. It is hard to believe it has been that long. He was a bit of a grumpy fellow, but those who loved him knew it was mostly an act. He would give you the shirt off his back or the fresh bread he had just finished baking. His homemade applesauce was delicious. So were his pies.

I did this portrait as part of a drawing class on Wet Canvas. While I was working on it I felt like I was spending time with my grandfather again. That was really nice. Except for when I left him propped up on my drawing table and he stared at my husband and I when we slept. That was strange. Once I had the eyes done my husband requested that I leave the drawing laying flat on the table overnight. I'm a nice person so I complied with his request.

Last December I entered this drawing in the member show for my local art club. It won first place in the category for drawings (pencil, charcoal, colored pencil and pen & ink). I think Grandpop would be proud.

5 comments:

Dave said...

He certainly looks like quite a character. You must have a cabinet full of prizes! This one really deserved an award; it's a great drawing.

Mary said...

Stacy, I didn't know about the prize for this drawing and it is so well deserved. I remember your dedication to it and with how much love you rendered it. Congratulations!

Regula Scheifele said...

What a great tribute and so lovingly done. I remember how I felt when I did a drawing of my grandmother, it's a very emotional piece of work. Bravo!
Amira

Africantapestry said...

Great drawing and congratulations on its first prize! He sure wouldv'e been proud.
ronell

Stacy said...

Dave, Mary, Amira and Ronell, thank you so much for your comments. I think this piece is the one I am most proud of. It's a bonus when other people appreciate it too. :)