The process I use involves good quality rag paper or museum mount mat board, a range of graphite pencils from 2h to 9B, and Faber-Castell colored pencils. Each drawing consists of multiple layers of graphite building from the harder to the softer pencils adding value and depth to the image. Usually the colored pencil is added as a layer between graphite layers. The graying of the color gives it a unique hand-colored photo effect which invokes a dream-like experience. Each piece is then matted with 100% Rag museum mount mat board and framed.
These drawings are based on a quote from the Dr. Seuss book “Did I ever tell you how lucky you are?”
“Thank goodness for all of the things you are not! Thank goodness you’re not something someone forgot, and left all alone in some punkerish place like a rusty tin coat hanger hanging in space.”
This is one of my children’s favorite books. We read it so much to our children when they were young—we had all memorized lines from it that are still used today by family members, in that kind of family way of communicating that no one else understands.
The last line of this verse—like a rusty tin coat hanger hanging in space—has been in my mind for the last few years. The vision of this coat hanger created a great deal of emotion in me. This started me thinking about things that are lost and or left in some distant space, and what the emotions might be that would be attached to the object specific to what the object was.
How do we feel when we find a missing object?
What is our attachment to it?
What and how does the particular item invoke feelings and emotions even when it does not belong to us?
How does our past experience relate to the item and what emotion can it stir within?
In other words can we relate to this thing hanging in space and what personal meaning can we find from such a simple image? This could probably be the basis for books and dissertations by Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Philosophers about loneliness, abandonment, and loss. Wow all that from a coat hanger!
The Natural World is a never ending source of inspiration. These pencil painting are from my observations and sometimes from dreams.